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Portrait of Mary E. Lincoln

Portrait of Mary E. Lincoln

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This portrait by an unknown artist shows interior details of a fashionable middle-class home: decorative molding, brightly painted walls, curtains, and a patterned carpet. These elements signaled that the family was respectable and could afford to furnish their home in the latest fashion. The rattle, tin cup, basket, and stool are, on the other hand, consumer goods more associated with middle-class homes and childhood, while the cat suggests youthful playfulness and loyalty.
Artist
Unknown (American)
Title
Portrait of Mary E. Lincoln
Date
ca. 1840-1844
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
41 x 30 1/4 in. Overall
Credit
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart P. Feld
Accession No.
1974.44
Classification
Paintings
Geography
America

Related

December 1974, gifted by Mr. and Mrs. Stuart P. Feld (New York, NY) to the Elvehjem Art Center [now called Chazen Museum of Art]

  • Elvehjem Art Center. "Bulletin 1974-1975." Madison, WI Elvehjem Art Center, 1976. p. 30

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