Sep 15, 2016
Sep 15, 2016
Sep 15, 2016
Sep 15, 2016

Elizabeth Beltzhoover Mason

Elizabeth Beltzhoover Mason

c. 1803–5

Gilbert Stuart

(American, 1755-1828)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 90 x 78 x 8 cm (35 7/16 x 30 11/16 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 73.8 x 61 cm (29 1/16 x 24 in.)

Gift from J. H. Wade 1921.428

Did you know?

Stuart also painted a portrait of George Washington, now immortalized on the dollar bill.


Stuart introduced into American art a painting technique based on spontaneous, yet strategically placed brushstrokes and layers of subtle, translucent paint that presents sitters as if bathed in mist. Commissioned five years after her marriage, this painting of Elizabeth Beltzhoover Mason (1781–1836) declares her stylishness by associating her with Stuart's fashionable manner. The portrait adapts to a small format the accessories of column and drapery traditionally associated with larger paintings, creating an effect of both intimacy and grandeur.


Portrait of a Lady
See also
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas
Credit line: 
Gift from J. H. Wade

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