27 September 2004
Gilbert Charles Stuart (1755-1828)
Portrait of Mrs. James Smith Colburn (Sarah Dunn Prince)
oil on cradled panel
28¼ x 23 in. (71.8 x 58.4 cm.)
Painted circa 1817.
Mrs. James Smith Colburn, the sitter.
John Henry Colburn, Charleston, South Carolina, son of the above.
Sarah Jane Colburn, daughter of the above.
Gifted to the present owner from the above, 1910.
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L. Park, Gilbert Stuart: An Illustrated Descriptive List of His Works, vol. I, New York, 1926, p. 229, no. 176 and vol. III, p. 111, illustrated.
Mrs. James Smith Colburn (née Sarah Dunn Prince) was the daughter of Captain Job and Elizabeth (Cutler) Prince of Boston, Massachusetts. Captain Prince was an affluent ship-master who commanded the ship Massachusetts, at the time the largest merchant ship in America.
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With her high-piled ringlets, gold earrings and heavy black kohl, the woman portrayed in this funerary painting offers a glimpse of life almost 2,000 years ago