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Jane Gray Wall

ca. 1795 Joseph Francis Burrell Born: 1770 Died: 1854 watercolor on ivory 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 in. (7.9 x 6.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Natalie Brooks Sears Shippen and William Brush Shippen 1999.87.3 Not currently on view


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In June 1793, Jane Gray Wall married Thomas Shore, a landowner in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. In 1817 their daughter, Mary Louise Shore, married Doctor William Shippen, whose miniature, painted when he was a toddler, is in this collection [see 1999.87.5]. According to an inscription on the back of Jane Wall’s miniature, it was painted in Soho Square in London. This suggests that she was visiting Europe, as many other Americans did to further their education during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Keywords

Portrait female - Wall, Jane Gray - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory