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Rachel Bartholomew Davis

ca. 1815 James Alexander Simpson Born: Georgetown, District of Columbia 1805 Died: Baltimore, Maryland 1880 oil on wood 14 7/8 x 12 1/8 in. (37.8 x 30.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Allen Little 1976.32.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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James Alexander Simpson taught art classes at Georgetown College and created portraits of the Washington elite. He made this portrait of Rachel Bartholomew Davis in the same year that he painted her husband, Thomas Davis, possibly on the occasion of their marriage. Rachel’s pose mirrors her husband’s, and Simpson painted the two figures so that their paintings might be hung facing one another. Rachel’s curls and rosy cheeks emphasize her youth and innocence as she enters into married life.

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Portrait female - Davis, Rachel Bartholomew - waist length

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About James Alexander Simpson

Born: Georgetown, District of Columbia 1805 Died: Baltimore, Maryland 1880

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