This charming miniature portrait depicts Justine Van Rensselaer Townsend as statuesque, contemplative, and dignified. The portrait captures her at the age of 64, in her second year as Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association. Originally from Albany, New York, Mrs. Townsend served as Vice Regent from that state from 1876. Mrs. Townsend was elected Regent in 1891 and continued in this role until her resignation from the board in 1909. She remained involved at Mount Vernon as Honorary Regent from 1909 until her death in 1912. While on the board, Mrs. Townsend raised funds for preservation, and was instrumental in the restoration of the mansion’s New Room after the ceiling collapsed. As Regent, Mrs. Townsend was involved in upgrading fire protection and stabilizing the riverfront at the estate, as well as investing the Association’s financial resources. More






Watercolor on ivory, copper alloy, silk, leather


Overall: 4 3/16 in. x 3 1/4 in. (10.64 cm x 8.26 cm)


Gift of Mrs. Roger Milliken, 1984


Signed on proper left background, in white paint, above the sitter’s shoulder: “CT/1892”.

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