Catherine Douw Gansevoort (Mrs. Johannes DePeyster) Douw (1782-1848)
Attributed to Maria Louisa Wagner (1816-1888)
Watercolor on ivory
3 5/8 H x 3 W
Gift of Leontine de Kay Townsend (Mrs. John Townsend) Lansing, granddaughter of the subject
Throughout the first half of the nineteenth century, Albany residents commissioned portrait miniatures. Among the best-known area painters of miniatures were Anson Dickinson and the brother-and-sister team of Daniel Wagner and Maria Louisa Wagner. This portrait is attributed to Maria Louisa Wagner, who began as an itinerant painter and eventually gained national prominence.