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Title Mrs. Benjamin Stead, Jr. (Patience Wise Blackett)
Artist Engleheart, George
Date ca. 1790
Medium watercolor
Support ivory
Dimensions 2 1/2 x 2 1/8 inches

Signature NA
Inscription [verso] Hair device with initials
[verso]The portrait of my late very dear friend Mrs. Patience WIse Stead painted by Engleheart. Requested by CF to be sent with most affecionate regards to her most highly valued friend, Mary, Mrs. Poinsett Washington City United States North America Caroline Flower June 10th 1840
Inscription Location verso
Credit line Museum Purchase
Accession Number 1939.004.0010
Collection Miniature
Exhibition Status Currently on view
Description Two portraits of a Mrs. Stead are listed in Engleheart's account book, one for 1789, the second in 1793, as "Mr. and Mrs. Steed" [sic]. The slight discrepancies between Mr. and Mrs. Stead's miniatures in coloring (hers is gray, his blue), and in scale (she is placed further back, thus is smaller than he is), suggest the portraits were not designed as a pair. Stylistically, her portrait is more linear, especially in the hair and the crisp folds of her dress.

This text is adapted from Martha Severens "The Miniature Portrait Collection of the Carolina Art Association" published by the Carolina Art Association, 1984
Subjects Stead
Image 002\1939.04.10.JPG