Gilbert Stuart / Mrs. John Thomson Mason / c. 1803-1805Gilbert Stuart
Mrs. John Thomson Mason
c. 1803-1805

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Creator Name: Stuart, Gilbert
Creator Nationality: American
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1755 - 1828
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Gilbert Stuart
Title: Mrs. John Thomson Mason
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1798
Creation End Date: 1810
Creation Date: c. 1803-1805
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Framed: 90cm x 78cm x 8cm, Unframed: 73.8cm x 61cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1921.428
Credit Line: Gift from J. H. Wade
Provenance: family of the sitter. (Frank Bayley, Boston).
Style or Period: America, 19th century
Context: Stuart introduced into American art a painting technique based upon spontaneous, yet strategically placed brushstrokes and layers of subtle, translucent paint that presents sitters as if bathed in mist. Commissioned some 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.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1921.428
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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