Silk ground cloth, painted with oil and embroidered with silk
25 5/8 × 22 5/8 in. (65.1 × 57.5 cm)
Framed: 25 5/8 x 22 1/2 x 2 in. (65.1 x 57.2 x 5.1 cm)
Purchase, Friends of the American Wing Fund, The Masinter Family Foundation Gift, and funds from various donors, 1999
Not on view
Catherine Lorillard was the daughter of the tobacco magnate Peter A. Lorillard. Sadly, she died in her teens, during one of New York’s infamous cholera outbreaks. This needleworkand-oil portrait is highly unusual and was probably a memorial portrait. The drape over Catherine’s head is likely a symbol of recent death. The highly expressive face was professionally painted, but the silk embroidery was stitched by one of her female relatives.
Catherine Lorillard was the aunt of Catherine Lorillard Wolfe, the great 19th-century donor to the Museum. The portrait traveled down through the Schultz family (Maria Dorothea Schultz Lorillard was Catherine Lorillard's mother) until it was sold out of the family by a Marianne Schneider sometime after 1979. It was later sold to the Museum by Carol and Stephen Huber. See American Decorative Arts Departmental files for further documentation regarding family connections and lines of descent.