Eliza Susan Morton, Mrs. Josiah Quincy

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Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755–1828)
Eliza Susan Morton, Mrs. Josiah Quincy, 1809
Oil on panel
30 7/8 × 24 3/4 in. (78.42 × 62.87 cm)
Layton Art Collection Inc. L1990.9
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
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The daughter of a prominent Massachusetts family, Eliza Susan Morton was the wife of Josiah Quincy, who served as mayor of Boston and later became president of Harvard University. Best known for his portraits of George Washington, Gilbert Stuart was perhaps the most in-demand artist in the early days of the American republic; he painted hundreds of portraits of the new country’s elite. Here, we get a sense of the textures of the subject’s elegant French empire dress and chair, but as with his other portraits, Stuart was most concerned with Eliza Quincy’s face, using vibrant tones and thin, delicate brushwork to convey her composure and confidence.

Publication History
Eastberg, John C. and Eric Vogel. Layton’s Legacy: A Historic American Art Collection 1888–2013. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Layton Art Collection, Inc., 2013, pp. 18, 32, 390–91, 418–19, and 464, color pl. 36, p. 418, color illus. p. 390, color detail p. 419, photo of installation pp. 390 and 391.

Andera, Margaret, Nonie Gadsden, Britt Salvesen, and Laurie Winters. Collection Guide: Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2004, pp. 31 and 69, cat. 45, color illus. p. 31.

Milwaukee Art Museum. Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum. New York: Hudson Hill Press, 2001, p. 104, color illus.

Corcoran Gallery of Art. Privately Owned: A Selection of Works of Art from Collections in the Washington Area. Washington, DC: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1952, no. 153.

Park, Lawrence. Gilbert Stuart: An Illustrated Description List of His Works. New York: W. E. Rudge, 1926. Vol. 2, pp. 630–31, no. 682 and vol. 4, pl. 687.

Mason, George C. The Life and Works of Gilbert Stuart. New York: Scribner, pp. 242–43.

Boston Athenaeum. Catatlogue of an Exhibition of Portraits Painted by the late Gilbert Stuart. Boston: Boston Athenaeum, 1828 no. 65.
Exhibition History
Recent Acquisitions: Milwaukee Art Museum, June–September 1991.

Privately Owned: A Selection of Works of Art from Collections in the Washington Area, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, February 10–March 30, 1952.

Boston, The Museum of Fine Arts, long term loan 1921–45.

An exhibition of portraits painted by the late Gilbert Stuart, Boston Athenaeum, 1828.

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.