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Title Mrs. John Faucheraud Grimke (Mary Moore Smith)
Artist Henri, Pierre
Date 1791
Medium watercolor
Support ivory
Dimensions 2 x 1 1/2 inches
Signature P.H./ 1791
Signature Location bottom center
Inscription NA
Credit line Gift of Victor Morawetz
Accession Number 1937.002.0003
Collection Miniature
Exhibition Status Currently on view
Sitter's dates (1764-1839)
Description Mary Smith, the daughter of a wealthy banker, married John Grimke, a planter, lawyer and judge, in 1784. Together they had fourteen children, two of whom, Sarah and Angelina, became known as the "Grimke Sisters" and emerged as outspoken feminists and abolitionists. If anything, Henri has exaggerated the fullness of Mrs. Grimke's stylishly curled hairdo, making it appear artificial. The face underneath, however, is freshly painted and youthful.

This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984
Subjects Grimke
Image 001\1937.02.03.JPG