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Portrait of a Young Girl

1825 Mary Jane Simes Born: Baltimore, Maryland 1807 Died: Baltimore, Maryland 1872 watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/2 x 2 1/8 in. (6.5 x 5.3 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.46 Not currently on view


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The identity of the young girl in this miniature is unknown, but it has been suggested that she was a member of the Peale family, as this miniature was purchased from Peale descendants. Children in the 1800s were often dressed as “small adults,” and here the sitter wears a child’s version of a high-waisted Empire gown, fashionable among ladies in the early part of the century.

Keywords

Figure female - child - bust

Portrait female - unidentified - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory