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Mrs. Richard Yates

ca. 1790 Unidentified watercolor on ivory sight 1 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. (4.7 x 3.8 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1956.1.2 Not currently on view

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Catherine Brass Yates was the wife of Richard Yates, a senior partner with the New York law firm Yates & Pollock. In this miniature, Mrs. Yates wears a dress and fichu (a scarf worn to fill in a neckline), and her hair is mostly hidden beneath a large bonnet. The painter focused on the sitter’s eyes, which are downcast to suggest a moment of reflection.


Portrait female - Brass, Catherine - bust

Portrait female - Yates, Richard, Mrs. - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor