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Portrait #196
Subject/Title:
Bleecker, Frances Wade
(Mrs Alexander Bleecker) 1787-1856
Artist:Cushman, George Hewett 1814-1876
Date Created:ca. 1850
Owner/Location:Cheekwood Museum of Art
Nashville, TN
Frame Dimensions:NA
Image Dimensions:2 3/4" x 2 1/16"
Materials/Media:watercolor on ivory
Date Documented:2/22/2004
Condition:Excellent

Description:Frame is rectangular stamped metal over wood. An appropriate frame for the time it was painted, but not the original.
Gauzy, light brown treatment of a young woman in a simple v-neck cream dress. Her light brown hair is pulled up and has a loose quality.
History:Painted in Philadelphia. This is a copy of Malbone's miniature ca. 1803 which was Frances Wade's engagement picture. This miniature passed down to Cushman's granddaughter, who gave it to a friend, who sold it to Ed Sheppard in 1995. Frances Bleecker went on to have nine children.  The Malbone miniature was in Philadelphia ca. 1896 and a color picture of it was used as the frontispiece of Anne Wharton Hollingsworth's book "Heirlooms in Miniature."
Exhibited at Huntsville 1996; Gibbes 2000.
Illus in Huntsville catalog/American Art Review, Vol. VIII, No. 1, 1996, page 135.
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