Mary (Young) Bulloch
FRAME: The miniature is houses in a later silver-plated frame with a crown on the top and a ribbon below and inscribed on the back, “By/ Mary Allston/ sister of/ Washington Allston/ and wife of/ Thomas Young/ (our uncle)/ Youngville/ Waccamon/ South Carolina.”
ARTIST: Mary Allston (1778-1841) was the daughter of William and Rachel (Moore) Allston of Brookgreen Plantation on the Waccamaw River, near Georgetown, South Carolina. In 1800, she married her cousin, Thomas Young (d. 1804) of Youngville Plantation, and after his death married another cousin William Algernon Alston (1782-1860) of Rose Hill. Mary’s artistic efforts were undoubtedly influenced by her brother, the artist Washington Allston, and his circle of friends that included well-known miniaturist painters Edward Greene Malbone and Charles Fraser.
RELATED WORKS: MESDA owns a painting by Mary Allston’s brother Washington Allston (MESDA 2098) and a portrait by Henry Benbridge of their mother, Rachel (Moore) Allston (MESDA 2023.11)
DESCRIPTION: Miniature, tempera on ivory, of unknown young woman with curly hair. A band runs through her hair. She looks at the viewer from a three fourths angle facing her left. She looks directly at the viewer. She has a wistful look about her. She has blue eyes, rosy cheeks, wears a dress cut at the bust, with white and green.