This miniature, painted in 1801 by British-born artist Robert Field, is perhaps the most accurate record of Martha Washington's appearance in her final years. At the time, a visitor to Mount Vernon described it as a "striking likeness" that was "drawn to please her grand children in the usual long laced cap & neckkerchief [sic], that they may see her as she affected it in her every day face." Dressed in black with a dignified and serene countenance, she appears in mourning for her husband, who had died less than two years before.
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Date

1801


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Geography


Material/Technique

Watercolor, ivory, copper, glass, pearl, hair


Dimensions

Overall: 3 1/2 in. x 2 3/8 in. (8.89 cm x 6.05 cm)
Other (miniature without frame): 2 3/4 in. x 2 1/16 in. (6.99 cm x 5.23 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1956


Signed

RF/1801


Object Number

W-2137/A-B


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