Eliza Brown (Betsey Bowen) Jumel (1775-1865)
Charcoal with stumping, colored chalk, white gouache, and graphite on beige paper
Overall: 15 1/4 x 12 in. ( 38.7 x 30.5 cm ) mat: 22 x 16 in. ( 55.9 x 40.6 cm )
Signed: lower right: "Maurice / T.C. del"
Inscribed and signed at lower right in charcoal: "Maurice / T C del"
After serving as his housekeeper for several years, Eliza Brown ("Betsey Bowen") was married to Stephen Jumel (ca. 1754-1832) in 1804. In 1810 Jumel purchased the Robert Morris house, once Washington's headquarters, which is now preserved as a museum. The subject's second husband was Aaron Burr, whom she married in 1833 and sued for divorce the following year. This portrait is the original drawing for a lithograph made by de Becquet Frères for Dutot of Paris (impressions in N-YHS collection).
Louis Durr Fund
Wade Hampton Family
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