|Title||Catherine Elliott (Mrs. William Percy)|
15 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches
|Credit line||Gift of Mrs. James Lowndes|
Catherine Elliott was the younger sister of Colonel Barnard Elliott. In 1776 she married Reverend William Percy, who had emigrated to America in 1772. The Percys fled during the British occupation of 1781, and remained in England until 1804 when they returned to Charleston.
As was common practice at the time Catherine Elliott is depicted as a small adult rather than as a child. The probable date of the painting is c. 1760. Throughout the portrait Theus has set up contrasts between formal and informal things: the imposing architecture versus the atmospheric painting of the landscape, the stiffness of her dress versus the soft modeling of her features. She holds in her right hand a small painted bunting.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "Selections from the Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1977
Clothing & dress