Mrs. Joseph Anthony Jr. (Henrietta Hillegas)

Artist: Gilbert Stuart (American, North Kingston, Rhode Island 1755–1828 Boston, Massachusetts)

Date: ca. 1795–98

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 30 x 23 3/8 in. (76.2 x 59.4 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1905

Accession Number: 05.40.2


Mrs. Joseph Anthony Jr., born Henrietta Hillegas in 1766, was one of ten children of Michael and Henrietta Hillegas of Philadelphia. Her father made his fortune in sugar refining and iron manufacturing, and served as the first treasurer of the United States. Henrietta married Joseph Anthony in 1785. As with many of Stuart’s portraits of Philadelphia society women, Mrs. Anthony’s likeness is endowed with an individuality and a sensuousness rare in American portraiture.