National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Portrait #156
Subject/Title: Purcell, Sarah Wood
Artist:Benbridge, Hetty (attrib.)
Date Created:ca. 1773-1775
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:7 x 6
Image Dimensions:1.5 x 1.25
Materials/Media:watercolor on ivory
Date Documented:7/13/2003
Condition:Excellent

Description:Oval three-quarters bust-length miniature left of young woman wearing a blue dress. Her brown hair is somewhat loosely swept up and back. The background is light blue. The work is in a locket-type hinged frame, mounted open within a wooden frame with a cream backing.
History:A matching miniature of her husband, Rev. Henry Purcell, is in the Gibbs Museum in Charleston, SC.
Notes:Subject's husband was rector of St. Michael's in Charleston, SC in 1783. The owner is the great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of the subject.

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