Last week you were introduced to Elizabeth Goldthwait, the younger, this week her mother Elizabeth Lewis Goldthwait (1713-1794) is our portrait of the week. Completed in 1771, this portrait by Copley was billed to the Goldthwaits at 19.2 pounds and 9 pounds for the frame.
Elizabeth, who is 59 years old here, wears a brown silk satin sacque, with very little ornamentation other than sleeve ruffles. Notice -- no apron. Her cap is similar to Margaret Manning's -- a heart shaped cap that fastens under her chin - set off by some lovely pearls at her neck. What is notable in this portrait, is how it appears that Mrs. Goldthwait is wearing two handkerchiefs or is the second a lace mantle?
Here is the portrait of Elizabeth's husband. The two portraits were painted to complement each other.
|Ezekial Goldthwait, by Copley 1771|
Elizabeth died in 1794, outliving her husband by 12 years. Here is her obituary.
A wonderful model for any of our women of "a certain age" who would like to portray a lady of means - and who looks good in brown.