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Oval portrait of Martha Washington, set against a brown background. Washington is wearing a pink gown, a blue shawl with white lace on it, and an elaborate headpiece with pink ribbon and lace. The portrait is set in a brown oval frame, which appears to be hanging from a ring at the top of the image. Draped at the top of the image hanging from two bows on either side of the frame is a garland of leaves with red ribbon laced through it. Below and to either side of the portrait are bouquets of flowers hanging from ribbons attached to tiebacks shaped like masks. At the bottom of the portrait is a marble pedestal on which the portrait frame rests.

Date

March 26, 1782


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Ink on paper, hand colored engraving, stipple engraving


Dimensions

Overall (H x W): 14 3/16 in. × 10 in. (36.04 cm × 25.4 cm)
Other (Sheet H x W): 13 1/16 in. × 9 3/4 in. (33.18 cm × 24.77 cm)
Other (Image H x W): 11 1/4 in. × 9 in. (28.58 cm × 22.86 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mrs. Augustine Jaquelin Todd, Vice Regent for West Virginia, 1968


Marks

Printed below image on left in block script: "B. Blyth del."
Printed below image on right in block script: "J. Norman Sculp."
Printed below image centered in block script: "Mrs. Washington".
Printed below image centered in block script: "Published by John Coles, Boston, March 26, 1782".


Object Number

Print-5076/RP-110


Colors


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