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ANNA DOROTHEA FOSTER and
CHARLOTTE ANNA DICK


Oil on canvas, 1790–91
36 x 37 in. (91.4 x 94 cm)
Collection of R. Philip and Charlotte Hanes


In his pairing of needle worker and accomplice, Stuart sets up a situation in which one girl is given precedence over the other. Anna Dorothea Foster (1773/74–1865), daughter of John Foster, Speaker of the Irish House of Commons, works at a tambour frame, openly soliciting attention for herself and her craft. Charlotte Anna Dick (after 1773–1864), shown in profile—rare in Stuart's work—plays handmaiden to her cousin.


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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