Do you know what kind of flower the woman is holding, and if it has some symbolism?
Hello! Thank you for trying the ASK app today. That is a very interesting question re: the flower. I think you are the first person to ask. One moment while we look through our curatorial notes and see if we can find an answer for you. Feel free to walk around that room while we research!
Great, thanks again.
Thank you for waiting! We cannot find anything in our notes about this particular flower (i.e., what type of flower it is and if that particular flower had symbolism due to the type/color/etc.). However, we do have a few sources that discuss women in colonial portraiture holding flowers as a symbol of everything from fertility (i.e., she is a young woman of marriageable age at this point) to the fleeting nature of life and age (i.e., she is in the prime of her life, but like a flower, will eventually wither), to hobby interests (i.e., the woman being painted may have been an avid gardener!).
Apologies for such a very broad answer, but thank you for giving us a new question to research!
No, it's great! Thanks
Who was this?
We're not sure of this woman's identity, but we can see that her gown is magnificent! It's both a sign of her wealth and the artist's innovation.
Feke was a popular portraitist in the English American colonies. He sometimes used silver in his painting to make certain elements, like her gown, more lustrous.