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Mrs. Elliott Roosevelt (1863-1892)
Date: 1893
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Medium: Watercolor on ivory; silver gilt
Dimensions: Framed (diam.): 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
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Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié
Object Number: 1905.216
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Anna Hall, the mother of Eleanor Roosevelt, was the eldest daughter of Valentine Gill Hall and Mary Livingston (Ludlow) Hall. She was married to Elliott Roosevelt (1860-1894), brother of the future president Theodore Roosevelt, in 1883.

Eleanor Roosevelt opened her autobiography with the declaration: "My mother was one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen." She elaborated, "Old Peter Marié, who gave choice parties and whose approval stamped young girls and young matrons a success, called my mother a queen, and bowed before her charm and beauty, and to her this was important." Katherine Behenna successfully captured Anna Roosevelt's beauty and charm in this intimate portrait.