Mrs. George Cabot Lodge (ca. 1875-1960)
Watercolor on ivory; silver gilt; textile
Overall: 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. ( 9.5 x 7 cm )
signed: "Weidner" Inscribed on backing paper attached to rear of ivory: "Carl & Fredrika Weidner Pinxt / N.Y. 1898. No 273 of Miss / Bessie Davis / Frelinghuysen"
Mathilda Davis is depicted in costume ball attire, possibly dressed for the legendary Bradley Martin masquerade ball of 1897. As a debutante, she attracted considerable notice and several offers of marriage. A "tall, handsome brunette" who dressed "with marked good taste," Mathilda reportedly refused a Vanderbilt in Newport and another suitor in Washington before agreeing to marry George Cabot Lodge, son of the powerful Republican senator Henry Cabot Lodge, in 1900.
Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié
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