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Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, www.nga.gov (PD)
This delicate portrait by Joseph Goodhue Chandler (American, 1813-84) dates from c. 1836-38. He had only just embarked on his painting career, and most of his early work is of family members. Perhaps this brown-eyed "Girl With a Kitten" is one of these relations. It's interesting to me how well modeled her face is compared to the flattened treatment of her dress and her pose; I also note the fine spray of greenery outside the window, which to me reflects all the tender growing this young lady has ahead. As sweet as she looks, she's got a fierce companion:
Would you look at that face? What a mighty hunter.