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Portrait of Adelia Ellender

ca. 1803-1805 Joshua Johnson oil on canvas 26 1/4 x 21 1/8 in. (66.7 x 53.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins 1983.95.55 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 3B

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Portrait of Adelia Ellender
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Adelia Ellender lived in Baltimore, Maryland, where her father was a plasterer. Her dress follows the custom in this period of portraying children as miniature adults. The berries in her hand and the butterfly hovering in a rosebush nearby symbolize not only her childhood innocence but her eventual transformation into a lady.


Portrait female - child

Portrait female - Ellender, Adelia


folk art

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

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