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Artist:
Henry Brintnell Bounetheau, born Charleston, SC 1797-died Charleston, SC 1877  Search this
Copy after:
Thomas Sully, born Horncastle, England 1783-died Philadelphia, PA 1872  Search this
Sitter:
Frances Anne Kemble  Search this
Medium:
watercolor on ivory
Dimensions:
sight 2 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (6.4 x 8.2 cm) rectangle
Type:
Painting-Miniature
Date:
ca. 1833
Luce Center Label:
Frances Anne “Fanny” Kemble (1809-1893) was a noted actress, and this miniature is a copy after a painting of her made by Thomas Sully. Sully painted Kemble thirteen times, and in this pose she appears in character as Beatrice from Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing. Kemble married Philadelphian Pierce Butler in 1834, but their marriage ended in divorce a few years later after frequent clashes over the issue of slavery. Conservation of this miniature was made possible through a generous grant provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.
Topic:
Portrait female\bust  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau
Object number:
1946.3.18
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Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1946.3.18