Rosalie

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1835

GUSN

GUSN-190808

Description

Half-length portrait of a seated woman turned slightly to the left with her right hand at her breast; she wears a yellow sash and holds a dark cape across her lap. Gilt frame with ornate decoration at corners; plaque affixed to bottom rail of frame with a poem about Rosalie written by the artist.

Details

Descriptive Terms

painting (image-making)
oil paint (paint)
canvas
gilding
romanticism (form of expression)
Picture
Portrait
Portrait

Label

"Cherished Possessions": This painting depicts the fictional character Rosalie, who, according to the accompanying poem written by the artist, is a woman just coming of age and surrendering to the strains of music heard at dusk. Rosalie may be modeled after Nathan Appleton's daughter Fanny, who later married the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Appleton commissioned the painting in 1835. Washington Allston trained extensively in England and Europe and is credited with introducing the romantic art movement to America.

Associated Person

Appleton, Fanny
Appleton, Nathan

Maker

Allston, Washington, 1779-1843 (Painter)

Dimensions

43 x 39 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of William Sumner Appleton, Mrs. R.H.F. Standen, Mrs. George F. Weld, and Gladys H. Winterbottom

Accession Number

1941.1697

Places

Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)