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The Daughters of Robert Minturn
Date: 1899
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Medium: Watercolor on ivory; silver gilt; textile
Dimensions: Overall: 3 7/8 x 5 in. ( 9.8 x 12.7 cm ) Framed: 4 1/8 × 5 1/8 in. (10.5 × 13 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié
Object Number: 1905.161
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Marks: Label attached to back of frame: "The 4 daughters of the late / Robert Minturn, viz. / Sarah May, wife of / H. D. Sedgwick, Jr. / Edith, wife of Newton Phelps Stokes / Miss Gertrude Minturn / Miss Mildred Minturn"; inscribed on backing paper attached to rear of ivory: "Carl & Fredrika Weidner - Pinxt / N.Y. 1899 - 293 / Mildred May / The Misses Edith & Gertrude Minturn / Mrs. Phelps Stokes / Mrs Sedgwick"; card inside case (used as filling), printed: "The honor of your early visit is solicited to examine our goods for the Fall season of 1898. / Hackett, Carhart & Co. / Clothiers & Outfitters..."

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The husband-and-wife team of Carl and Fredrika Weidner painted this extraordinary miniature after an earlier photograph of the daughters of New York shipping magnate Robert Minturn, Jr. Peter Marié's collection also included individual portraits of Edith and Sarah May as well as one of their mother. Edith, who later married the architect and historian I.N. Phelps Stokes, was an acknowledged beauty who served as the model for Daniel Chester French's monumental "Statue of the Republic," created for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.

The four daughters of Robert Bowne Minturn, Jr., and Susanna (Shaw) Minturn were Edith, Sarah May, Gertrude, and Mildred.


"Group Dynamics: Family Portraits and Scenes of Everyday Life at the New-York Historical Society," New-York Historical Society, May 5-September 15, 2006.