Portrait of a Young Girl

  • Mary Jane Simes, Portrait of a Young Girl, 1825, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.46

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The identity of the young girl in this miniature is unknown, but it has been suggested that she was a member of the Peale family, as this miniature was purchased from Peale descendants. Children in the 1800s were often dressed as “small adults,” and here the sitter wears a child’s version of a high-waisted Empire gown, fashionable among ladies in the early part of the century.

Title
Portrait of a Young Girl
Artists
Date
1825
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 2 1/2 x 2 1/8 in. (6.5 x 5.3 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – unidentified – bust
  • Figure female – child – bust
Object Number
1999.27.46
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI