The Daughters of Robert Minturn
Watercolor on ivory; silver gilt; textile
Overall: 3 7/8 x 5 in. ( 9.8 x 12.7 cm )
signed: lower left: "C. and F. Weidner" label: attached to back of frame: "The 4 daughters of the late / Robert Minturn, viz. / Sarah May, wife of / H. D. Sedgwick, Jr. / Edith, wife of Newton Phelps Stokes / Miss Gertrude Minturn / Miss Mildred Minturn"
The husband-and-wife team of Carl and Fredrika Weidner painted this extraordinary miniature after an earlier photograph of the daughters of New York shipping magnate Robert Minturn, Jr. Peter Marié's collection also included individual portraits of Edith and Sarah May as well as one of their mother. Edith, who later married the architect and historian I.N. Phelps Stokes, was an acknowledged beauty who served as the model for Daniel Chester French's monumental "Statue of the Republic," created for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. The four daughters of Robert Bowne Minturn, Jr., and Susanna (Shaw) Minturn were Edith, Sarah May, Gertrude, and Mildred.
Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié
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