Elizabeth Oliphant

Media - 1942.2.3 - SAAM-1942.2.3_1 - 993
Copied James Peale, Elizabeth Oliphant, 1795, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Bertha E. Jaques, 1942.2.3
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Artwork Details

Title
Elizabeth Oliphant
Artist
Date
1795
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
image: sight 2 342 14 in. (7.05.8 cm) oval
Credit Line
Bequest of Bertha E. Jaques
Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female — Oliphant, Elizabeth — bust
Object Number
1942.2.3

Artwork Description

Elizabeth Oliphant was the sister of Robert Oliphant, whose miniature, painted by Raphaelle Peale, is also in this collection. They were the eldest children of William Oliphant, a wealthy Philadelphia landowner. The year after this miniature was painted, Elizabeth married William Flintham, and it is likely that this painting commemorated her engagement. This miniature remained in the family for several generations, until it passed to a close friend who bequeathed it, and the miniature of her brother, to this museum.