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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.


An oval, bust-length three-quarters view miniature in polychrome watercolors of Elizabeth Parke Custis Law Rogers (1797-1822). The portrait is lit from the left and Rogers is presented with head and shoulders turned and gazing to the (proper) left. She wears a black dress with a black ribbon and two-tiered white lace collar. Her hair is worn in ringlet curls atop her head, its dark brown color augmented by golden highlights. Her proper right ear is ornamented by a jet black dangle dimpled with white and hung from a golden hoop. The subject’s eyes are brown and the alabaster appearance of her skin is highlighted with bluish tones. This is particularly evident under the proper left eye, around the mouth, and on the throat. The ground is in varying pigments of warm brown.
The miniature is set into a red leather case with green velvet lining.


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)

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Gift of Katherine Merle-Smith Thomas, 2010

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