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Gertrude Lee Beach portraying Mary Skinner

Object Name: Portrait
Date: 1944
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 24 × 20 in. (61 × 50.8 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Peter Hopkins has depicted his wife, an aspiring actress whose career never fully developed, in her single most successful role as one of the daughters in "Life with Father." She wears a pink dress with a white collar, white gloves and a broad-brimmed straw hat with pink flower and black chin strap. Her body is turned to the right in full profile, but her head is turned so that she fully faces the viewer.
Credit Line: Gift of the Beach Family and the Estate of Peter Hopkins
Object Number: 2001.227
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New York City was and still is a magnet for young people drawn to making a name for themselves in the arts. Although Hopkins' portrait of his wife shows her in her successful role, the reality of her subsequent career serves as an example of how even people of talent can founder in the City.