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Mrs. Thomas Brewster Coolidge

Artist:
Chester (Charles) Harding (American, Conway, Massachusetts 1792–1866 Boston, Massachusetts)
Date:
ca. 1827
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
36 1/4 x 28 in. (92.1 x 71.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
20.75
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Clarissa Baldwin (1791-1841) wears the fashionable costume, with ermine-lined silk taffeta cape and ostrich-plumed hat, that she probably wore in 1827 to the cornerstone ceremony for the monument commemorating the Battle of Bunker Hill. Her brother was the civil engineer for the project.
the sitter, Hallowell, Maine, died 1841; his son, Benjamin Coolidge, until 1871; his son, Baldwin Coolidge, by 1907–at least 1916; Boston art market; with Frank Bulkeley Smith, until 1920; sale, American Art Association, New York, 22–23 Apr. 1920, no. 147
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