In the spring of 1785, English painter Robert Edge Pine visited Mount Vernon and painted Martha Washington's four grandchildren as well as her niece. The portraits of the grandchildren were hung in the Washington's bedroom, and were among the "6 Paintings of Mrs. W-ns family [$10 each $60 total] noted on the inventory of household furnishings taken after George Washington's death. This painting is a modern copy of Pine's portrait of Mrs. Washington's eight-year-old granddaughter, Elizabeth Parke Custis. The original is now in the collection of Washington and Lee University.


Vertical, rectangular, bust-length portrait of a young woman with long brown hair and dark eyes, her body facing slightly to the viewer's right and her head turned to look to the right, away from the viewer; she wears a pink dress over a white shift, and a short necklace composed of several strands of white cord or ribbon from which is suspended an oval portrait miniature of a brown-haired gentleman dressed in a blue coat with wide red lapels and a yellow waistcoat; her hair is pulled up at the back of her head with one thick tendril falling down along her back; gray background, lightest at the lower proper right.

Frame: Gilt on gesso cove-molded frame with floral ornaments at each corner and an egg-and-dart inner border; reproduction frame produced by D. Matt, Inc. (New York, New York) in 1977.






Oil on canvas


Overall: 24 7/8 in. x 21 1/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. (63.2 cm x 53.67 cm x 6.35 cm)

Credit Line

Purchase, 1981

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