Maria Clarissa Leavitt
Samuel Lovett Waldo
On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Landscape/Colony to Nation, 5th Floor
This portrait was painted the year that the sitter moved from New York to Brooklyn, where her husband, David Leavitt, had an interest in the Brooklyn White Lead Company (later Dutch Boy Paint). One of his partners in this enterprise was the Brooklyn Museum's founder, Augustus Graham. Maria Leavitt, fashionably dressed and coiffed, is seated in a Neoclassical armchair before an open window. A generalized landscape view associates her with nature—a reference both to the cloistered lifestyle of a lady in society and to the heightened sensitivity attributed to the female gender.
Oil on panel
33 3/16 x 25 1/2 in. (84.3 x 64.8 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Anna S. Delafield, Fisher Howe, Lawrence Howe, and R. Warren Howe in memory of their brother, David Leavitt Howe (1915-1995)
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Samuel Lovett Waldo (American, 1783-1861). Maria Clarissa Leavitt, ca. 1820-1825. Oil on panel, 33 3/16 x 25 1/2 in. (84.3 x 64.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna S. Delafield, Fisher Howe, Lawrence Howe, and R. Warren Howe in memory of their brother, David Leavitt Howe (1915-1995), 1996.43.2
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