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
Luce Center Label
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