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The Parmly Sisters

ca. 1857 Thomas P. Rossiter Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1818 Died: Cold Spring, New York 1871 oil on canvas 44 1/8 x 56 1/8 in. (112.0 x 142.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Mary Montagu Walke 1986.77 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 3B


Luce Center Label

The Parmly sisters were the daughters of Dr. Eleazar Parmly, a prominent dentist in New York who was known as the “father of modern dentistry.” In this portrait, Louisa, on the left, holds a book of Beethoven’s music, and Julia, on the right, sits at the piano leafing through sheet music. Their sister Mary is in the center. In 1851, Thomas P. Rossiter married Anna Parmly, elder sister of these girls. Anna does not appear in this image because she had died shortly before it was made.

Keywords

Architecture Interior - domestic

Object - musical instrument - piano

Portrait female - unidentified

Portrait group - family - siblings

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Thomas P. Rossiter

Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1818 Died: Cold Spring, New York 1871

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