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Artist: John Trumbull, American, 1756–1843
Subject: Harriet Wadsworth, American, 1769–1793

Harriet Wadsworth (1769–1793)

ca. 1793

Oil on wood

3 7/8 × 2 7/8 in. (9.8 × 7.3 cm)
Trumbull Collection

This miniature is part of a set of five painted by John Trumbull, four of which depict members of the artist’s family. Harriet Wadsworth, daughter of Jeremiah Wadsworth, and Trumbull were cousins and childhood friends. In 1790 he proposed marriage to her, but the proposal was not accepted. Harriet died at the age of twenty-four in Bermuda, and this posthumous miniature was painted from memory.

On view
18th century

Helen A. Cooper et al., John Trumbull: The Hand and Spirit of a Painter (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982), 147, pl. 96-100.

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 18, fig. 15.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.