Mrs. John Crosby Brown (Mary Elizabeth Adams, 1842–1918)
Anders Zorn (Swedish, Mora 1860–1920 Mora)
Oil on canvas
29 x 23 3/4 in. (73.7 x 60.3 cm)
Bequest of Eliza Coe Moore, 1959
Not on view
The majority of the instruments seen in these galleries was collected by Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown (1842–1918) who, beginning in 1889, gave approximately 4,000 instruments to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This collection, named for her husband, became one of the world’s most historic and comprehensive.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Zorn
the sitter, Mrs. John Crosby Brown, Orange, N.J. (until d. 1918); her daughter, Eliza Coe Moore, Cambridge, Mass. (1918–d. 1959)
Emanuel Winternitz. Letter to Mrs. Edward Moore. February 24, 1945, identifies the instrument behind the sitter as a nineteenth-century mandolin from the Crosby Brown collection.
Emanuel Winternitz. "The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Its Origin and Development." Metropolitan Museum Journal 3 (1970), pp. 337–38, fig. 1, remarks that the portrait was painted in Paris around 1900.
William Hagans and Willow Hagans. Zorn in America: A Swedish Impressionist of the Gilded Age. Chicago, 2009, pp. 162, 357 n. 15, writes that it was "more than likely" painted during Zorn's second trip to Paris in 1900, noting a letter in the Zorn Museum Archives indicating that it was painted in that city.