Sleeping Beauty

  • Henry Brintnell Bounetheau, Sleeping Beauty, ca. 1850, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau, 1946.3.22

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The artist’s slightly risqué painting of a partially nude, sleeping woman has a venerable source: John Vanderlyn’s famous painting Ariadne Asleep on the Isle of Naxos. Here, Henry Brintnell Bounetheau moved his more demurely clad figure indoors and showed only her upper torso, whereas Vanderlyn’s painting placed his full-length, nearly nude sleeping beauty outdoors. Conservation of this miniature was made possible through a generous grant provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Title
Sleeping Beauty
Artist
Date
ca. 1850
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (12.1 x 16.5 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Literature – character – Sleeping Beauty
  • State of being – other – sleep
  • Figure female – nude
Object Number
1946.3.22
Palette
Linked Open Data
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