Curator‘s Comments

Bootie Charon, Smith class of 1959

"From Buttercups to Dollar Bills," my paper for Oliver Larkin's American Art class began as I sat in front of this portrait.  Have you ever held a buttercup under a friend's chin?  Look at the golden highlighting along Henrietta's jaw-line!  At our 50th reunion, my suite-mate, Betsey, and I visited the Museum of Art several times.  To my delight, Gilbert Stuart's Portrait of a Young Girl (its title in the 1950s), was still there!

Henrietta Elizabeth Frederica Vane (ca. 1773-1807)

Gilbert Stuart. American, 1755–1828

Henrietta Elizabeth Frederica Vane (ca. 1773-1807), 1783

Oil on canvas.

Gift in memory of Jessie Rand Goldthwait (Jessie Rand, class of 1890), by her husband, Dr. Joel E. Goldthwait, and daughter, Mrs. Charles Lincoln Taylor (Margaret Rand Goldthwaits, class of 1921).

ID Number: SC 1957:39