Mrs. Stephen Grover Cleveland (1864-1947)
Watercolor on ivory; silver gilt; mother-of pearl
Overall: 2 9/16 x 2 1/8 in. ( 6.5 x 5.4 cm )
signed at left: "Paillet / 1891" inscribed on card on back of ivory: "Mrs. Cleveland / PAILLET / 23 Rue Clauzel / PARIS"
Frances Folsom of Buffalo, New York, married President Grover Cleveland at the White House on June 2, 1886. The twenty-one-year-old bride was, and remains, the nation's youngest First Lady. After Cleveland's defeat in the 1888 presidential election, the couple lived in New York City. "Frank," as she was known to friends and family, became a leader of New York society and forged important connections that helped return her husband to the White House.
Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié
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