Mrs. William Gordon Ver Planck and Her Son Samuel Hopkins Ver Planck

Date: ca. 1828

Medium: Watercolor on ivory

Dimensions: Sight: 5 x 4 in. (12.7 x 10.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of John C. Cattus, 1967

Accession Number: 67.263


The first woman to become a member of the National Academy of Design, Anne Hall grew up in Connecticut and received her first painting lessons from the miniaturist Alexander Robertson. By 1817, she was publicly exhibiting her charming works, most of which depicted members of her family. Her studies of old master paintings led her to adapt religious compositions to group portraits; these richly colored little paintings attracted a great following and one contemporary observer likened her portraits of children to an "elegant and well-arranged bouquet."