Miss Satterlee

Media - 1976.117 - SAAM-1976.117_1 - 46101
Copied Charles Bird King, Miss Satterlee, ca. 1830-1839, oil on wood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Albert M. Pitcher, Jr., 1976.117
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Artwork Details

Miss Satterlee
ca. 1830-1839
17 5814 18 in. (44.835.8 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Albert M. Pitcher, Jr.
Mediums Description
oil on wood
  • Portrait female — Satterlee, Miss — bust
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Artwork Description

Miss Satterlee sat for Charles Bird King in his Washington studio. Her pet golden pheasant grips her forefinger and thumb, its elegant body mirroring the shape of her delicate hand. For a painter of his time, King made a rather daring choice in positioning the bird to call attention to Miss Satterlee’s bosom. Her fashionable clothing, intricate hairstyle, and fair, unblemished skin suggest that she, like her pet, lived a sheltered and protected life.