Daniel Huntington (American, New York 1816–1906 New York)
Oil on canvas
50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Denny Brereton, 1943
Not on view
Huntington was the preferred portraitist of respectable New York society during the 1860s. Here Mrs. Joseph L. (Anna Watson) Stuart (1817-1881), wife of an Irish-born dry goods merchant turned banker, is seated in a lush landscape. She is dressed in fashionable ermine and laces, and on her right wrist she wears a cameo bracelet, created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This family heirloom, now in a private collection, is Saint-Gaudens’s most ambitious extant cameo project, featuring six portraits— Mr. (1803-1874) and Mrs. Stuart and their four children Anna (1840-1902), Joseph Jr. (1843-1890), Margaret (1845-1932), and Robert Watson (1847-1920). Each cameo is set in a gold mount with a shell pearl border.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Signature: [on chair arm at right center]: D. Huntington
Marking: [stamped on canvas on the back]: [first line illegible] / 111 Fulton St. / NEW YORK / General Depot / ARTISTS' MATERIALS
Anna Watson Stuart, by descent in her family to her granddaughter, Mrs. Denny Brereton, until 1943.