Woman in Black Dress

  • M. W. Hopkins, Woman in Black Dress, ca. 1835-1840, oil on wood panel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1986.65.120

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The identity of this sitter is unknown. On the eve of marriage, young women often had their portraits made, and this portrait likely marked that event. The woman wears a fine dress ornamented with an elaborate lace collar, and a gold and jade chain with a miniature painting hangs around her neck (Face to Face: M.W. Hopkins and Noah North, Museum of Our National Heritage, 1988). Her sober expression and elaborate hairstyle, worn “up” as a matron would do, help to convey a sense of gravity at a turning point in her life.

Title
Woman in Black Dress
Artist
Attributed to M. W. Hopkins
Date
ca. 1835-1840
Location
Dimensions
26 x 21 1/2 in. (66.1 x 54.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on wood panel
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – unidentified – waist length
Object Number
1986.65.120
Palette
Linked Open Data
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