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James Jebusa Shannon
Mother and Child (Lady Shannon and Kitty)
about 1900–10
oil
46 1/4 x 38 7/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly



In this elegant interior, the artist's lavishly dressed wife and daughter Kitty enjoy a moment of quiet leisure. This cosmopolitan double portrait displays a bold composition as Kitty's figure cuts dramatically across the foreground, leading us back to her mother's exquisite head. This New York-born artist living in Britain enjoyed a stellar reputation and was often compared to another Gilded Age artist, John Singer Sargent.