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.
- ca. 1830-1839
- 17 5⁄8 x 14 1⁄8 in. (44.8 x 35.8 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Albert M. Pitcher, Jr.
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- oil on wood
- Portrait female – Satterlee, Miss – bust
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