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 inchesGift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon, III 1998.127
Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN