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Miss Clothier

ca. 1810-1840 Unidentified watercolor on ivory image (oval): 2 5/8 x 2 1/8 in. (6.7 x 5.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.55 Not currently on view


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This portrait shows a young lady standing in front of the Fairmont waterworks building, constructed in 1815 along the Schuylkill River to pump water into Philadelphia’s reservoirs. In 1919, when construction began on the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the architects designed the large neoclassical structure to imitate the temple-like design of the waterworks building close by.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - classical

Landscape

Portrait female - Clothier, Miss - bust

Portrait female - Clothier, Miss - child

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory