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Object Name Painting
Date 1820-1840
Title [Portrait of a woman of the Totten family]
Description Oil painting on canvas. Portrait painting of a woman of the Totten family. The subject wears a black dress with a white lace collar; she has a red paisley shawl around her arms, an amber bead necklace around her neck, and a tortoise-shell comb in her hear; red drapery appears in the background at left. The painting is not signed. It is in a period gilded wood frame.
(Keywords: New York)
Acquisition Gift of Richard T. Button
Ownership and History This painting descended in the Totten family to Evelyn B. (Totten) Button and then to her son, Richard T. Button. Mr. Button, best known as a figure skater and television commentator, presented the portrait to the Staten Island Historical Society in 2007. The sitter is believed to be a member of the family of Gilbert Totten.
Earliest Date 1820.0
Latest Date 1840.0
Subjects Portrait paintings
Lexicon Sub-category Art
Catalog Number 07.019
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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