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MARY WILLING CLYMER

Oil on canvas, 1797
29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 cm)
The Barker Welfare Foundation, Chicago


Stuart's portraits of the five beautiful daughters of Thomas and Anne McCall Willing exemplify Stuart's exceptional talents: he observed facial features closely and expressed individual characterization through compositional choice. Mary Clymer (1770–1852) bears a family resemblance to her sister Anne but is portrayed as more reticent and modest. The one bit of exoticism—the plaid East India cotton scarf worn as a turban—is balanced by her reading material, John Gregory's popular A Father's Legacy to His Daughters, a book of advice on appropriate conduct for young women.


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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