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    Mary Cabot Wheelwright

    The daughter of wealthy and cultured Bostonians, Mary Cabot Wheelwright was four years old when she posed for this portrait by the progressive American Realist artist Frank Duveneck. Modeling his portraits on the dramatically lit paintings of the seventeenth-century Spanish master Diego Velàzquez (1599–1660), Duveneck placed the brightly spotlit little girl against a simple dark backdrop, employing only the small doll and the rose on the floor as additional accents. Very much a child here, Mary Cabot Wheelwright ultimately devoted herself to a passionate interest in Navajo culture. She visited the Southwest annually from 1926 to record traditional ceremonies and songs, organized numerous exhibitions of the American Indian art, and in 1937 founded the Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art (now the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    • Artist: Frank Duveneck, American, 1848-1919
    • Medium: Oil on canvas
    • Dates: 1882
    • Dimensions: 50 3/16 x 33 1/16 in. (127.5 x 84 cm)  (show scale)
    • Signature: Signed lower right: "F. Duveneck./ Boston/ 1882"
    • Collections:American Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 40.87
    • Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Frank Duveneck (American, 1848-1919). Mary Cabot Wheelwright, 1882. Oil on canvas, 50 3/16 x 33 1/16 in. (127.5 x 84 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 40.87
    • Image: overall, 40.87_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Record Completeness: Best (85%)
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    Recent Comments
    15:25 12/31/2008
    I would like to know if this painting is still at the museum?
    By Dawn
    17:48 01/2/2009
    Hi Dawn, according to the record on the web, it is currently on display in our American Identities gallery on the 5th floor. However, if you are coming to see it, please check the record (see the "Museum Location" area of the record) before you come to ensure that is still the case.



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