Portrait of Emily Warren Roebling
On View: Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
A Brooklyn Power Couple
Washington and Emily Roebling, like many eminent Americans, had their likenesses painted by leading French portraitists. Washington, who served as the chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge, is depicted seated before a window overlooking the landmark. When he fell ill during construction, Emily assumed all on-site responsibilities and was the first to cross the bridge, in 1883.
Emily Roebling was honored at the bridge’s opening ceremony, and her celebrity later extended beyond Brooklyn. She wore the elaborate dress she wears here at her presentation at court in St. James’s Palace in London and at the crowning of the czar and czarina in Moscow.
Oil on canvas
89 x 47 1/2 in. (226.1 x 120.7 cm)
frame: 103 x 62 x 6 in. (261.6 x 157.5 x 15.2 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated lower left: "Carolus-Duran./Paris 1896."
Gift of Paul Roebling
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Charles-Émile-Auguste Carolus-Duran (French, 1838-1917). Portrait of Emily Warren Roebling, 1896. Oil on canvas, 89 x 47 1/2 in. (226.1 x 120.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Paul Roebling, 1994.69.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1994.69.1_SL1.jpg)
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