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Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses

Lilly Martin Spencer

American Art

On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Visions and Myths of a Nation, 1800–1890, 5th Floor
As the title implies, this bold young woman promises a dose of molasses to the person advancing to kiss her while she makes fruit preserves. The painting’s subject was as uncommon at the time as its independent female artist.

Lilly Martin Spencer was a wife and mother as well as a professional painter and family breadwinner. Her great accomplishment was in representing homemakers who combined ideal domesticity and a more liberated, playful self-assertion. This spirited figure also acted as the artist’s own voice in a male-dominated art world.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1856
DIMENSIONS 29 15/16 x 24 15/16 in. (76 x 63.3 cm) frame: 43 3/4 x 38 3/4 x 4 in. (111.1 x 98.4 x 10.2 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower right :"Lilly M. Spencer / 1856"
COLLECTIONS American Art
ACCESSION NUMBER 70.26
CREDIT LINE A. Augustus Healy Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Lilly Martin Spencer (American, born England, 1822-1902). Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses, 1856. Oil on canvas, 29 15/16 x 24 15/16 in. (76 x 63.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund, 70.26
IMAGE overall, 70.26_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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