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. (1766–1812) was born Henrietta Hillegas in Philadelphia, the daughter of Michael Hillegas, the first treasurer of the United States. She married Joseph Anthony, Jr. (05.40.1), a silversmith, on December 29, 1785. This picture, painted probably between 1795 and 1798, compares with many other portraits of society women that Stuart painted in Philadelphia around this time. Although Stuart abandoned his London manner in his more forthright portrayals of men, he continued to infuse the portraits of female sitters like Mrs. Anthony with an almost sensuous vitality.