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Portrait #279
Subject/Title: Drifoos, Eliza
Artist:Unknown
Date Created:1850
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:35 x 31
Image Dimensions:24 x 21
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Date Documented:12/4/2003
Condition:Excellent

Description:Elaborately dressed woman in an orange evening gown with lace trim at the low-cut neckline and gray (or lace?) shawl draped around her shoulders. Her left hand holds a slender book. She is wearing gold and pearl earrings and her dark hair hangs in ringlets. An elaborate background scene on the left reveals a lake, mountains, and trees in a sunset glow.
History:Cleaned by Lily Steele (owner's daughter) under the supervision of Cynthia Stowe at Cumberland Art Conservation. Steele is employed in 2004 at the Philips Gallery in Washington, DC.
Notes:Subject (1820 -1889) was married to Leopold Drifoos, #278.

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