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MATILDA STOUGHTON DE JAUDENS Y NEBOT

Oil on canvas, 1794
50 5/8 x 39 1/2 in. (128.6 x 100.3 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Rogers Fund, 1907
(07.76)


Stuart's characterization of Matilda de Jaudenes (1778–after 1822) is difficult to assess. With her ornate coiffure, snowflake piochas (hairpins), and complicated gown, she is like a doll, dressed up and lovely to see. The costume is not Spanish, but rather contrived and embellished for sumptuous distinction. If she seems ill at ease in her costume, that sense has only added to the idea that her husband was wicked and conniving. With this portrait, Jaudenes purchased the means to display his wife as his accoutrement, yet another adornment that could advance his career.


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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