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Elizabeth Gordon Handy and Child


Three-quarter length seated portrait of Elizabeth Gordon Handy (1778-1820) holding her infant child Lucretia Ann Eleanora McClester (1802-1868). The woman wears a black dress with a low lace-trimmed neckline, high belted waist, and half-length sleeves, as well as multiple necklaces and a white head covering over her brown hair. The infant wears a long white dress and a cap and two red beaded necklaces. In the background is a curtain and a table with a bowl of fruit.


circa 1803


Oil on canvas


36 H x 32 W inches

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Attributed to Joshua Johnson (fl. 1796-1824)

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Gift of Mr. William R. Bishop Jr

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