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Mrs. Pingry

1830s Unidentified pencil on paper image (oval): 2 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (7.1 x 5.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer 1999.27.74 Not currently on view

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Mrs. Pingry, sketched in profile, returns the gaze of her husband, Reverend John F. Pingry. Her long graceful neck and elaborate hairstyle compensate for her modest gown and lack of jewelry. The plainness of her clothing suggests that Mrs. Pingry chose an outfit that was respectable rather than extravagant, reflecting her position as a reverend’s wife.


Portrait female - Pingry, Mrs. - bust

Portrait female - Pingry, Mrs. - profile

drawing - miniature