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Subject/Title:
Murat, Princess Achille
(Catherine Daingerfield Willis Gray Murat)
Portrait #721
Artist: Stuart, Gilbert* (attrib.)
Date Created:ca. 1790s
(birth and death dates would refute this)
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:32 x 27
Image Dimensions:29 x 24.5
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Date Documented:10/26/2005
Condition:Excellent

Description:Seated three-quarters left profile of a woman in a cream-colored dress with a tight bodice and short puff sleeves. A drape falls over her right shoulder, covering her right arm. Her hair is brown, and swept up. A dramatic sky is visible over her right shoulder.
History of Work: *Gilbert Stuart's dates – (December 3, 1755 July 9, 1828) make the subject of this painting 25 at the time of his death.
Notes: Subject's dates: Born, August 17, 1803 Died, August 6, 1867

Catherine's marker in the old Tallahassee Episcopal Cemetery reads: "SACRED to the Memory of PRINCESS C. A. MURAT, Widow of COL. CHARLES LOUIS NAPOLEON ACHILLES MURAT, and Daughter of the late COL. BIRD C. WILLIS, of Virginia. Who departed this life on the 6th of August 1867, in the 64th year of her age. A kind and affectionate wife and sister, a sincere and devoted friend. None knew her but to love her. None named her but to praise. This Monument is erected to her memory, by her bereaved Brother and Sister."


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