Mrs. Thomas B. Bryan

  • George Peter Alexander Healy, Mrs. Thomas B. Bryan, 1856, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William Boswell in memory of H. Curley Boswell, 1973.144

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Miss Byrd Page married Thomas B. Bryan in 1851, and they were quite a social match. She was from an old Virginia family, he was an important businessman and civic leader in Chicago, where he practiced law, invested in real estate, and eventually lobbied for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. The Bryans and George Peter Alexander Healy were good friends. Healy painted Mrs. Bryan in what appears to be a morning robe, her hair hanging casually under a black lace veil. Her expression conveys the lively and confident personality of a woman comfortable in her world.

Title
Mrs. Thomas B. Bryan
Artists
Date
1856
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Dimensions
30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of William Boswell in memory of H. Curley Boswell

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Keywords
  • Portrait female – Bryan, Thomas B., Mrs. – waist length
Object Number
1973.144
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