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Eliza Pixley Lacey (1834 - 1839)

30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm)

Milton W. Hopkins
United States (1789 - 1844)
Noah North
United States (1809 - 1880) Previous Attribution

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Dunn in memory of Ruth Hanford Munn and James Buell Munn
Accession Number: 1978.188
Location: Currently on view
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M. W. Hopkins
American, 1789 - 1844

Eliza Pixley Lacey (1834 - 1839)
ca. 1835 - 36
Oil on canvas

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Dunn
in memory of Ruth Hanford Munn and
James Buell Munn, 78.188

M.W. Hopkins painted several portraits of young girls holding flower baskets. Eliza was painted when she was about two, and may have been Hopkins’ youngest and most endearing sitter.

Portrait painting was not Hopkins’ sole occupation; he was also a farmer and ornamental painter who decorated carriages and signs.

Eliza was only five when she died. She is buried in Fellows Cemetery in Chili along with her mother, Ann, whose portrait hangs nearby.

{Excerpted from gallery label text, Oct. 2011, Colleen Piccone, Curatorial}

The Lacey family, whose portraits are on view nearby, lived in this home at 9 Scottsville-Chili Road in Scottsville, New York in the 1830s, where it is believed their portraits were painted and first hung. Two children in this 1890s photograph were relatives of the Lacey family. The girl on the far left was Ruth Hanford (Munn), in whose memory the portraits were given to the Memorial Art Gallery.

The paintings were passed down through the generations in this family home until 1932, when they were presented on the occasion of a marriage and moved to a new home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1978, the generous owners donated the group of family heirlooms to the Memorial Art Gallery, to be enjoyed by its many visitors.

{Excerpted from gallery text panel, Oct. 2011, Colleen Piccone, Curatorial}

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See companion portraits made by the same artist: Ann Gennett Pixley Lacey (1809-1841), 78.187; Pierrepont Edward Lacey (1832-after 1860) and His Dog Gun, 78.189

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