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One of the Adams Children

ca. 1820 Unidentified oil on canvas 30 3/8 x 25 1/4 in. (77.0 x 64.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Adams-Clement Collection, gift of Mary Louisa Adams Clement in memory of her mother, Louisa Catherine Adams Clement 1950.6.9 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 3B


Luce Center Label

A little girl sits in an imaginary wooded setting with mountains off in the distance. The artist painted red flowers to match the red bows on her dress and in her hair. The flower from which she picks the petals that fall to the ground may have symbolized the child’s death, but it is unclear if this was created as a memorial portrait. (Fink, “Children as Innocence from Cole to Cassatt,” Nineteenth Century, Winter 1977)

Keywords

Figure(s) in exterior - rural

Landscape - water

Object - flower

Portrait female - Adams, Miss - child

Recreation

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas