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CHRISTIAN STELLE BANISTER AND HER SON, JOHN

Oil on canvas, c. 1773
35 1/2 x 30 1/4 in. (90.2 x 76.8 cm)
Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Newport, Rhode Island; gift of David Melville
RLC.PA.109


Daughter of one of Newport's most successful merchants in the sugar, molasses, rum, and slave trades, Christian Stelle Banister (1747–1830) sat for Stuart with her only child, John Banister III (1769–1831). The Banisters wear lavish clothes, and their facial expressions are compelling. Stuart added their spaniel as an afterthought to complete the picture of elegant domesticity.


GALLERY:  1. Stuart in Newport & Scotland  |  2. Stuart in London  |  3. Stuart in Dublin  |  4. Stuart in New York
5. Stuart in Philadelphia  |  6. George Washington Gallery  |  7. Stuart in Washington, D.C.   |  8. Stuart in Boston

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