Emily Smiley Snowden
1793 Charles Peale Polk Born: Annapolis, Maryland 1767 Died: Richmond Courthouse, Virginia 1822 oil on canvas 35 5/8 x 30 7/8 in. (90.5 x 78.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. Frederick E. Kline 1977.104 Not currently on view
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No documentation exists regarding Charles Peale Polk’s commission to paint Emily Smiley Snowden. But it is possible to guess at her social and economic position from the imported silk of her dress, her hand-painted fan, embroidered shawl, and Chippendale chair.
Dress - accessory - fan
Portrait female - Snowden, Emily - waist length
paint - oil
fabric - canvas