Portrait of Cornelia Mandeville
Sarah Miriam Peale, American, 1800 - 1885
Sarah Miriam Peale was among the earliest and most successful female artists in the United States. Active in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Saint Louis, she painted many of the most notable public men of her day. This likeness is typical of her portraits of women and children in its intense interest in color, sinuous line, and the decorative arrangement of form. Cornelia Mandeville (1811–1841) was the daughter of Charlotte Schott and Henry D. Mandeville, who was a merchant in Philadelphia's China trade prior to the family's move to Natchez, Mississippi, around 1835. This portrait came to the Museum as part of a larger gift from descendants of the Mandevilles.