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Mary Ann Jewins Burnett (1776-1838)


Half-length, three-quarter view portrait of Mary Anne Jewins Burnett (Mrs. Charles Burnett) in a white gown with an empire waistline. Light-colored hair appears from under her white cap and she wears a large, burgundy jewel on the sheer portion of her dress. The artist Joshua Johnson was the first African American painter to make his living as an artist.


circa 1812


Oil on canvas

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Purchased through a fund established to honor the 50th birthday of Stiles T. Colwill, from the Estate of Francis Travers Singleton Brown

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Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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