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Anne Hume Shippen

ca. 1796 Benjamin Trott Born: Boston, Massachusetts Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1843 watercolor on ivory sight 2 5/8 x 2 1/8 in. (6.7 x 5.3 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Natalie Brooks Sears Shippen and William Brush Shippen 1999.87.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 3


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Benjamin Trott's portrait of Anne Hume "Nancy" Shippen is a rare example, because he painted very few women early in his career. The sitter was regarded by her numerous admirers as "sweet to look upon, and sweeter yet to hold." To please her parents, Shippen broke off an engagement with the man she loved in order to marry Colonel Henry Beekman Livingston in 1781. The marriage established ties of kinship among the Lees, Washingtons, and Livingstons, three prominent families from the nation's early history. Shippen ultimately left her husband and lived the rest of her days with her parents. Their daughter, Peggy, was sent to live with Colonel Livingston's mother until she was sixteen to protect her inheritance from her grandmother.

Keywords

Portrait female - Shippen, Anne Hume - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Benjamin Trott

Born: Boston, Massachusetts Died: Washington, District of Columbia 1843

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