Portrait of James Nourse and Sarah [Fouace] Nourse


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Portrait of James Nourse and Sarah [Fouace] Nourse

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Portrait of James Nourse and Sarah [Fouace] Nourse


Content Description: 

English oil-on-canvas seated three-quarter-length double portrait of James Nourse and Sarah Fouace Nourse. Mrs. Nourse, on viewer's left, has brown hair and eyes and wears a white dress (robe a l'Anglaise) with pinked trim, a coordinating stomacher with embroidered diamond and tuft pattern in blue-green ribbon, a sheer fichu over her bust with lace trim at the shoulders, and lace sleeve ruffles (engageantes). She also wears a four-strand pearl necklace, pearl drop earrings, and a blue-green ribbon at the nape of her neck and holds a piece of needle lace on which she is working. A sewing basket sits to her left. Mr. Nourse, on viewer's right, has powdered and curled hair and brown eyes, and wears a rust-brown coat with wide sleeve cuffs and a matching waistcoat, both with matching thread-covered buttons, a white neckcloth, and white gauze sleeve ruffles. He composes a letter with a white quill in his right hand on a paper begun "Sir" held by his left hand on a table displaying an inkwell and a pair of scissors. The two figures, both facing the viewer, sit before a dark background with brown drapery at the viewer's upper left .

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2715 Q St. NW,District Of Columbia,Washington,20007