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Mrs. George Cabot Lodge (ca. 1875-1960)
Date: 1898
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Medium: Watercolor on ivory; silver gilt; textile
Dimensions: Overall: 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. ( 9.5 x 7 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié
Object Number: 1905.56
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Marks: Inscribed on backing paper attached to rear of ivory: "Carl & Fredrika Weidner Pinxt / N.Y. 1898. No 273 of Miss / Bessie Davis / Frelinghuysen"

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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.