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Elizabeth Knapp

1802 James Peale Born: Chestertown, Maryland 1749 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1831 watercolor on ivory sight 2 5/8 x 2 in. (6.7 x 5.1 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1937.11.1 Not currently on view


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There are numerous women by this name who lived during the time James Peale was painting miniatures, making it difficult to determine exactly who this sitter might be. However, an Elizabeth Knapp of Danbury, Connecticut, died about 1802, and it is possible that this miniature was painted to commemorate her passing. The back of the locket contains a lock of her hair, bound in gold thread and set with pearls.

Keywords

Portrait female - Knapp, Elizabeth - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About James Peale

Born: Chestertown, Maryland 1749 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1831

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