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Creator Name: Smibert, John
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Scottish, 1688-1751
Creator Name-CRT: John Smibert
Title: Mrs. Francis Brinley and Her Son Francis
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1729
Creation End Date: 1729
Creation Date: 1729
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 50 x 39 1/4 in. (127.0 x 99.7 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 62.79.2
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1962
Born Deborah Lyde, Mrs. Francis Brinley (1698-1761) was the daughter of Edward and Catherine Lyde and the granddaughter of Judge Nathaniel Byfield (see portrait by Smibert, 24.109.87). When she married Francis Brinley in 1718, she was a woman of wealth and social prominence. An entry in Smibert's notebook dated May 1729 identifies the infant as the Brinley's son Francis (1729-1816). Mrs. Brinley holds a sprig of orange blossoms, a gesture which may have been taken from an eighteenth-century print by Sir Peter Lely. The white orange blossom symbolizes both marriage and purity, while the fruit, a sign of fertility, emphasizes Mrs. Brinley's role as a mother. Orange trees, although fashionable in Europe, were expensive rarities in the colonies. The presence of one here reinforces the sitter's wealth. Smibert also painted a portrait of Mrs. Brinley's husband (62.79.1).
AMICA ID: MMA_.62.79.2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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