The Countess

  • Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, The Countess, 1838, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1979.44

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In The Countess, Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze concentrated on capturing the handsome and serious features of his sitter; the unfinished, sketchy treatment and outlines of hands show the artist working out the details of his composition. Leutze was an itinerant portraitist in 1838, and the inscription below the portrait reveals that he painted this work either in a friend’s studio or a rented space. The painting’s rich brushwork and colors reflect the style of two popular portraitists in Philadelphia, Thomas Sully and Gilbert Stuart.

Title
The Countess
Artist
Date
1838
Location
Dimensions
34 5/8 x 27 1/8 in. (88.0 x 69.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – other – aristocrat
Object Number
1979.44
Palette
Linked Open Data
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