Portrait of Sara Norton (1864-1922)

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1884

GUSN

GUSN-6661

Description

Half-length portrait of Sara Norton as a young woman in profile facing right, holding a violin.

Details

Descriptive Terms

portraits
oil paintings (visual works)
oil paint (paint)
canvas
Painting

Label

"Cherished Possessions": Sara Norton was at the center of New England's privileged class, the kind of Bostonian equally at home in drawing rooms on either side of the Atlantic. Her portrait was painted by Edward Burne-Jones, a family friend and one of the most successful Pre-Raphaelite artists in England. Burne-Jones painted this portrait for Sara's father, Charles Eliot Norton (1827-1908), a Harvard humanities professor, editor of North American Review, founder of the Nation, and frequent contributor to the Atlantic Monthly, recognized as one of the leading minds of his generation.

Inscription

"EBJ to /CEN/1884" (Painted)
"Portrait of /Miss Sara Norton by/Burne-Jones/ Owned by Miss Elizabeth Gaskell/Norton" (Pen script)

Related Items

Title Photograph Accession Number 1966.2058

Maker

Burne-Jones, Edward, 1833-1898 (Artist)

Location of Origin

England

Object Type

Art

Dimensions

43 1/4 x 30 3/4 x 2 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Susan Norton

Accession Number

1990.93