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
Luce Center Label
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.
Architecture Exterior - classical
Portrait female - Clothier, Miss - bust
Portrait female - Clothier, Miss - child
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor