Mrs. Andrew Sigourney

Gilbert Stuart American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 726

Elizabeth Williams (1765–1843) was the eldest daughter of Elizabeth Bell and Henry Howell Williams. In 1797, she married Andrew Sigourney, a prominent Bostonian. Over the course of his life, Sigourney served as treasurer of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, treasurer of the town of Boston, and representative in the Massachusetts state legislature. Here, Stuart has toned down the almost sensual quality he lent many female sitters in order to emphasize Mrs. Sigourney’s knowing intelligence and prosperity.

Mrs. Andrew Sigourney, Gilbert Stuart (American, North Kingston, Rhode Island 1755–1828 Boston, Massachusetts), Oil on canvas, American

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