Mrs. George Watson

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Gallery Label
Mrs. Watson, the wife of a wealthy Boston merchant, wears a fashionably low-cut gown of luscious satin and white lace and holds a porcelain vase that echoes the contours of her figure. The yards of expensive fabric and silk ribbons in the costume testified to George Watson's success as an importer of European goods, as did the fact that he could afford to commission a portrait from Boston's foremost painter. Mrs. Watson showed herself to colonial society as a fashionable English matron, but her direct gaze suggests the grit and character of a new American society that would emerge within ten years.
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Partial gift of Henderson Inches, Jr., in honor of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Inches, and museum purchase made possible in part by Mr. and Mrs. R. Crosby Kemper through the Crosby Kemper Foundation; the American Art Forum; and the Luisita L. and Franz H. D
John Singleton Copley, born Boston, MA 1738-died 1815 London, England
Elizabeth Oliver Watson
Mrs. George Watson
Dress\historic\eighteenth century dress
Portrait female\knee length
Portrait female\knee length
oil on canvas
49 7/8 x 40 in. (126.7 x 101.6 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum