|Title||Mrs. Francis Dallas Quash (Emma Doughty)|
|Artist||Morse, Samuel F. B.|
30 x 25 1/8 inches
|Credit line||Gift of Mrs. Emma J. Edwards|
|Sitter's dates||ca. 1798-1831|
Although she appears to be the picture of health in Morse's portrait, Mrs. Quash died at the youthful age of thirty-three. The epitaph on her grave offers an explanation and an insight into her personality. "Her happiness consisted in promoting the happiness of others and in the practice of this noble feeling she received the seeds of the disease which devoured her valuable career." Probably painted during the winter of 1820-1, the portrait is soft and glowing in all respects. Broad, sweeping curves resound, most notably in the chain to her watch. She gives off the air of comfortable ease, reinforced by the broad brushstrokes.
This text is adapted from Martha Severens "Selections from the Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1977
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