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Preview image of work. oil on canvas,  Portrait of Mrs. James Bowdoin III (née Sarah Bowdoin) 280

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Portrait of Mrs. James Bowdoin III (née Sarah Bowdoin)

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Gilbert Stuart (North Kingstown, Rhode Island, 1755 - 1828, Boston, Massachusetts)


Portrait of Mrs. James Bowdoin III (née Sarah Bowdoin)

Creation Date

ca. 1805


early 19th century


30 1/8 in. x 25 3/16 in. (76.52 cm x 63.98 cm)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, United States

Medium and Support

oil on canvas

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn


Public Domain

Accession Number


Gilbert Stuart likely painted this portrait of Sarah Bowdoin prior to her departure with her husband on his diplomatic mission to Europe in 1805. She wears an elegant high-waisted dress with a silk ruff in the latest fashion. The lace veil, or mantilla, that gracefully covers her head and shoulders was popular with Spanish women and anticipates her residence in Spain. After the death of James Bowdoin III in 1811, Sarah married Henry Dearborn, a Revolutionary War veteran and Thomas Jefferson’s secretary of war. Sarah Bowdoin was integral in preserving the Bowdoin family’s collection of Stuart portraits.

Keywords: portraits