Mary and Mammy

  • Sarah Eakin Cowan, Mary and Mammy, ca. 1925, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the American Society of Miniature Painters, 1965.30.4

Luce Center Label

This miniature shows an African American woman posing with her employer’s child. The title of the portrait evokes a time when black domestic workers were expected to be devoted to the care of white children. The woman’s direct gaze, however, suggests the strength and dignity of an individual who did not define herself through her employer.

Title
Mary and Mammy
Artist
Date
ca. 1925
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 5 x 3 3/4 in. (12.7 x 9.4 cm) rectangle
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the American Society of Miniature Painters

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Occupation – domestic – nursemaid
  • Portrait female – unidentified – Mary
  • Portrait female – unidentified – Mammy
Object Number
1965.30.4
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More Artworks from the Collection

ca. 1989
sand, mud, and paint on board
1995
fired micaceous clay