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Children with Basket of Flowers


Cosmo Alexander (American, 1724 - 1772)

Prior to the nineteenth century, children’s garments were miniature versions of adult clothing. Eighteenth century girls were corseted with dresses displaying taut bodices and full skirts supported by panniers; while young males were attired in fashionable three-piece suits. This portrait of a two young children is signed and dated by Alexander, an itinerant portrait artist who toured the American colonies. He met and would come to mentor a young Gilbert Stuart, who is now recognized as one of America’s great artists.

Place object was created: United States

oil paint, canvas

Measurements:    frame height: 43 inches    frame width: 52 inches    frame depth: 2.5 inches    canvas height: 34.75 inches    canvas width: 44 inches

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon, III 1998.127

Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN