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PAINTING

Category
PAINTINGS & PRINTS
Object Name
PAINTING
Maker/Artist
Bridges, Charles\attributed
MESDA Craftsman ID Number
3889
Place Made
Virginia
Date
circa 1740
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
[Overall Ht]49″ __[Overall Wdth]39″ __[Overall Depth] __[Overall Len] __[Overall Diam] __[Other]sight measurement
Description
The younger child’s dress is white while the mother’s gown is a rich blue with a white shift. The younger child has red, white, and blue flowers in her hair and the older child has a green dress accentuated by leaves and a peach. Behind the subjects there is a red curtain.
Object Location
private collection
Photo Number
S-3805
File Location
PAINTINGS/Bridges, Charles
History
The group portrait descended in the family to the present owner.
Alterations-Condition
good
Subjects
Mrs. Philip Ludwell III (nee Frances Grymes, 1717- ) and Daughters __The subject married Philip Ludwell III of “Greenspring” in 1737 and had three daughters: Hannah Philippa, born in 1737and died Aug. 18 1784, married William Lee; Frances born in 1740, died September 14, 1768.The third daughter, Lucy, not pictured, born in 1751. See S-3809 for daughter Frances Ludwell. __This portrait is very close to a portrait of Mrs. Philip Lightfoot (nee Mary Armistead) in Yale University Collection. See NN-109. The artist, Charles Bridges, was born in England and worked in and around Virginia c. 1735-40. See Craftsman database and MESDA’s photographic files for information on the artist, Charles Bridges. See MESDA’s small Virginia cards for information on the subject’s husband, Philip Ludwell III, born 1716-1767.
Examined
Bradford L. Rauschenberg –Frank L. Horton –Molly Prince __08/19/1974