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Emma Homan

John Bradley (active 1832–47)
ca. 1844
Oil on canvas
34 x 27 1/8 in. (86.4 x 68.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1966
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Bradley may have emigrated from Ireland in 1826. By 1836 he had established himself as a portraitist in New York, where he attracted sitters eager for his marked attention to likeness and detail. For this portrait of two-year-old Emma Homan (1842–1908), Bradley posed her standing next to a potted rosebush and playing with her cat, which scales the plant and extends a paw to bat Emma’s finger.
Signature: [at lower right]: J. Bradley 128 Sprin[g] St
with Argosy Gallery, New York, 1953; Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Cambridge, Maryland, 1953–1966
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