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Portrait of Floride Bonneau Colhoun (later Calhoun) (Mrs. John Ewing Colhoun)

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Portrait of Floride Bonneau Colhoun (later Calhoun) (Mrs. John Ewing Colhoun)

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Joseph D. Salazar
Unidentified Artist

Date

ca. 1786

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

56.107

Dimensions

29 3/8 x 24 1/2 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 3, Gallery 307

Description

This portrait likely was painted to commemorate Floride Bonneau’s marriage to U.S. Senator and South Carolina slave owner John Ewing Colhoun. Typical of many portraits made in regions beyond the reach of an established artist’s studio, Bonneau was painted by a self-taught itinerant artist. The artist emphasized individual, rather than idealized, characteristics. Bonneau, described as a “bushy-headed and keen-eyed lady with a mop of red hair,” would later become mother-in-law to the Southern secessionist John C. Calhoun.

Credit

Purchase with Henry B. Scott Fund