Emma Rathbone Turner (Mrs. Robert Lenox) Banks (1835-1866)

Charles Loring Elliott (1812-1868) Artist
1864 Date:
Oil on canvas Medium
27 H x 22 W Dimensions
Signed, lower left: C L Elliott/Jan 1864 Inscription
Bequest of Effie Hunter Keys Banks, Jr. Credit
1937.4.2 Accession number
Robert Lenox Banks, an Albany businessman, commissioned this portrait of his wife, Emma. Apparently pleased with the result, he later commissioned a companion portrait of himself. Elliott portrayed the twenty-nine-year-old Mrs. Banks and her thirty-six-year-old husband as a prosperous young couple. Demurely coiffed, with blue eyes and chestnut-brown hair, and wearing a fashionable white gauzy blouse, she is shown against a drab olive and tan background. Additional comments

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