Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1962
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 747
This portrait relates stylistically to documented works by Vanderlyn, who was of Dutch ancestry and practiced his profession in the region around Kingston, New York, in the Hudson River valley. While displaying a solemn expression, his sitter here wears fashionable clothing and jewelry. The pose is derived from a British mezzotint after a portrait by Sir Peter Lely (National Portrait Gallery, London). Although the drawing is awkward, the artist has shown a commendable interest in depicting human character. In her overlarge right hand, the subject holds a single rose in an explicit gesture that is also found in other portraits of young women by this artist, often signifying love and marriage.