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Christiana Stille Keen

Artist:
Matthew Pratt (1734–1805)
Date:
ca. 1769
Geography:
Made in United States
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Maria Jesup Fund, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.243
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 717
Soon after his return from London, where he had studied under Benjamin West, Pratt painted the portraits of Reynold Keen (1738– 1800; 2008.244), a successful Philadelphia merchant, and his wife, Christiana Stille (1744–1777), a Philadelphia heiress. Their affable faces and luxurious surroundings describe their well-being, early in their married life.
Descended in the family of the sitter until 2007; at Northeast Auctions, August 3-5, 2007, lot 1700; sold to Christopher Rebollo, the vendor
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