Miss Satterlee

  • 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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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.

Title
Miss Satterlee
Artist
Date
ca. 1830-1839
On View
Dimensions
17 5/8 x 14 1/8 in. (44.8 x 35.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Albert M. Pitcher, Jr.

Mediums Description
oil on wood
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Satterlee, Miss – bust
  • Animal – bird – parrot
Object Number
1976.117
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
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