Portrait of Frances Cadwalader Montague, Lady Erskine
Companion to Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1983-90-6
Gilbert Charles Stuart, American, 1755 - 1828
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American painter Gilbert Stuart spent eighteen years in England and Ireland, where he won a reputation as a gifted portraitist. Stuart returned to the United States in 1794 to paint President George Washington, and was later commissioned by General Thomas Cadwalader to produce this portrait of his sister, Frances Cadwalader Montague--also the granddaughter of leading Philadelphia physician Phineas Bond--shortly before her departure for England with her husband, David Montague (later Lord Erskine). Stuart's delicacy of color, subtle interplay of form and shadow, and deftness of touch ably evoke Frances's qualities of gentleness and dignity.