Mrs. Joseph Leslie Cotton (ca. 1858-1882)
Watercolor on ivory
Overall: 2 1/2 x 2 in. ( 6.4 x 5.1 cm )
signed: at left: "Paillet/1891" paper backing: "Miss M. C. Potter/The Late Mrs. Cottin (sic)/Paillet/23 Rue Clauzel/Paris"
Maria Louisa Potter was the eldest daughter of Clarkson Nott Potter (1825-82), a prominent lawyer and congressman, and Virginia (Mitchell) Potter. She was married to Joseph Leslie Cotton (1855-1929) of New York. This posthumous portrait shows her in 18th-century costume, her powdered hair elaborately dressed and adorned.
Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié
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