Mrs. John Bryan (1773-1854)
Oil on linen
Overall: 29 7/8 x 23 3/4 x 3/4 in. ( 75.9 x 60.3 x 1.9 cm )
Mrs. John Bryan's style of dress in this portrait is of the era when Dolley Madison was hostess at the White House; typical of Ames's style is the rather plain but painterly rendering of the face, the use of the large drapery in the upper right corner, and the barely visible column and base in the background.
Catherine Carmichael of Morristown, New Jersey, was the third wife of John Bryan. Though her portrait is attributed to Ezra Ames, it is not mentioned in Bolton and Cortelyou's "Ezra Ames of Albany" (1955), the standard catalog of Ames's work.
Gift of Nanette Bryan
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