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Sleeping Beauty

ca. 1850 Henry Brintnell Bounetheau Born: Charleston, South Carolina 1797 Died: Charleston, South Carolina 1877 watercolor on ivory sight 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (12.1 x 16.5 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau 1946.3.22 Not currently on view


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The artist’s slightly risqué painting of a partially nude, sleeping woman has a venerable source: John Vanderlyn’s famous painting Ariadne Asleep on the Isle of Naxos. Here, Henry Brintnell Bounetheau moved his more demurely clad figure indoors and showed only her upper torso, whereas Vanderlyn’s painting placed his full-length, nearly nude sleeping beauty outdoors. Conservation of this miniature was made possible through a generous grant provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Keywords

Figure female - bust

Figure female - nude

Figure(s) in interior - domestic

Literature - character - Sleeping Beauty

State of being - other - sleep

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Henry Brintnell Bounetheau

Born: Charleston, South Carolina 1797 Died: Charleston, South Carolina 1877

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