Born: Glen Ridge, New Jersey 1916
Died: Georgetown, Connecticut 2001
oil on masonite 29 7/8 x 14 1/8 in. (75.8 x 35.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum Purchase
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 38B
Luce Center Label
Self-Portrait shows the artist as a young woman living in New York. Priscilla Roberts painted with photographic precision, copying her subjects “exactly and completely” and taking many months to complete one image (2001, The Wilton Bulletin, Ask Art Biography). She was an eccentric lady who lived much of her later life as a recluse, and the large straw hat, stuffed birds, and stepladders in this painting reflect her quirky, obsessive character.
Animal - bird - goose
Architecture Interior - studio
Dress - accessory - hat
Object - art tool - easel
Object - art tool - palette
Object - tool - ladder
Occupation - art - painter
Portrait female - Roberts, Priscilla - full length
Portrait female - Roberts, Priscilla - self-portrait
paint - oil
wood - masonite
About Priscilla Roberts
Born: Glen Ridge, New Jersey 1916 Died: Georgetown, Connecticut 2001
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