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Mrs. Philip John Schuyler (Catherine van Rensselaer)

ca. 1795 Walter Robertson Born: Dublin, Ireland Died: Fatehpur, India watercolor on ivory image: 3 15/16 x 3 1/16 in. (10.0 x 7.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.43 Not currently on view


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The marriage of Catherine van Rensselaer (1734-1803) and Philip Schuyler in 1755 united two of the oldest and most prominent families of Albany, New York. Their home, Schuyler Mansion, is now a landmark. “Kitty,” as she was known, was considered quite a beauty in her youth, but here she is a much older woman. She gave birth to fifteen children, three of whom were born after she had turned forty years old.

Keywords

Dress - accessory - hat

Portrait female - Schuyler, Philip van Rensselaer, Mrs. - bust

Portrait female - Schuyler, Philip van Rensselaer, Mrs. - elderly

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Walter Robertson

Born: Dublin, Ireland Died: Fatehpur, India

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