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Miss Satterlee

ca. 1830-1839 Charles Bird King Born: Newport, Rhode Island 1785 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1862 oil on wood 17 5/8 x 14 1/8 in. (44.8 x 35.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Albert M. Pitcher, Jr. 1976.117 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Miss Satterlee sat for Charles Bird King in his Washington studio. Her pet golden pheasant grips her forefinger and thumb, its elegant body mirroring the shape of her delicate hand. For a painter of his time, King made a rather daring choice in positioning the bird to call attention to Miss Satterlee’s bosom. Her fashionable clothing, intricate hairstyle, and fair, unblemished skin suggest that she, like her pet, lived a sheltered and protected life.

Keywords

Animal - bird - parrot

Portrait female - Satterlee, Miss - bust

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About Charles Bird King

Born: Newport, Rhode Island 1785 Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1862

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