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This portrait probably depicts the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Armstrong, who lived in Lenox, Massachusetts. Little is known about the family, except that Elizabeth Kendall was born in 1894. In this painting the artist used stronger colors and detail in the sitter's face to emphasize her pensive expression. The pastel colors of the background, together with the extravagant bows and frills of her gown, create a model of nineteenth-century girlhood.

Credit: Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Milmore

1895-1897
Watercolor on ivory
9.2 x 7.0cm
1950.4.11
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2023

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