This miniature depicts Elizabeth Parke Custis Law Rogers, the only child of Martha Washington's granddaughter, Elizabeth Parke Custis, and her husband, Thomas Law. Miss Law was the niece of Edmund Law, the first Lord Ellenborough, and the granddaughter of Edmund Law, Lord Bishop of Carlisle. She married Baltimore attorney Lloyd Nicholas Rogers on April 5, 1817, and lived at the Rogers’ Druid Hill Estate near Baltimore, Maryland. It may be that her attire in this portrait records her mourning period for Colonel Nicholas Rogers, her father-in-law, with whom she and her husband lived at Druid Hill. Colonel Rogers died on January 2, 1822, ten months before her own premature death in August of the same year. More


c. 1822




Watercolor (on ivory?), metal, leather, glass, velvet


Overall: 3 3/16 in. × 2 3/4 in. × 1/2 in. (8.1 cm × 6.99 cm × 1.27 cm)
Other: 2 5/8 in. × 2 1/4 in. (6.67 cm × 5.72 cm)


Gift of Katherine Merle-Smith Thomas, 2010

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