Mary Ann (Womack) Baldwin
ARTIST: Samuel T. Taylor (1800-1846) was a vernacular artist who worked in the central piedmont of Virginia during the second quarter of the nineteenth century. He lived in Buckingham County but traveled throughout the surrounding area of Appamatox, Campbell, Henrico, Louisa, and Prince Edward counties, painting many of the region’s successful planters and merchants.
RELATED OBJECTS: The MESDA Collection is also home to the companion portrait by Taylor of Baldwin’s husband, Samuel Baldwin (MESDA acc. 5888.1).
FRAME: Original yellow pine frame with black paint.
DESCRIPTION: portrait of a woman sitting and turned slightly to the left; wearing a bonnet with double row of lace and blue ribbon; dark dress with long sleeves and large, thin lace collar; pin or clast at center of collar; sitting on an upholstered sofa with brass nails; left hand holding a book labeled “HOLY BIBLE” with thumb between pages; right hand partially tucked into waistcoat; green drapery with gold tassels and fringe, column, and window in the background.