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Old Woman in Grey

1931 Betsy Flagg Melcher Born: New York, New York 1900 Died: Ellsworth, Maine 1991 watercolor on ivory sight 4 3/8 x 3 in. (11.1 x 7.6 cm) rectangle Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the American Society of Miniature Painters 1965.30.16 Not currently on view


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This miniature shows a lady dressed from head to toe in a gray gown and bonnet, a style more appropriate to the late 1800s than the 1930s. The grays bring out the shadows in her aging but still beautiful face, while the soberness of her dress emphasizes the strength of character evident in her gaze.

Keywords

Portrait female - unidentified - elderly

Portrait female - unidentified - waist length

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory