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1946 Priscilla Roberts 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 1991.197 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