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Matilda Barrington

ca. 1825 Unidentified watercolor on ivory 2 7/8 x 2 in. (7.3 x 5.2 cm) rectangle Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1942.11.4 Not currently on view


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In an 1821 letter from Paris, this fashionable hairstyle was described as “dressed high, and the temples are adorned with locks of hair which are lightly frizzled before they are curled.” The artist emphasized the cascade of curls in Matilda Barrington’s hairstyle, and her wide, bright eyes and slightly curled lips suggest a lively personality.

Keywords

Portrait female - Barrington, Matilda - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory