Portrait of Adelia Ellender

Adelia Ellender lived in Baltimore, Maryland, where her father was a plasterer. Her dress follows the custom in this period of portraying children as miniature adults. The berries in her hand and the butterfly hovering in a rosebush nearby symbolize not only her childhood innocence but her eventual transformation into a lady.

Title
Portrait of Adelia Ellender
Artist
Date
ca. 1803-1805
Location
Dimensions
26 1421 18 in. (66.753.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Ellender, Adelia
  • Portrait female – child
Object Number
1983.95.55
Palette
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