Rare watercolor portrait of a beautiful young woman by American artist Cornelia Adele Strong Fassett (1831-1898). According to a post on 8/17/2015 by Maggie MacLean on "Civil War Women" 'Cornelia Adele Fassett was an American artist known for her political paintings and portraits. Her most famous work, The Florida Case Before the Electoral Commission (1878), now hangs in the United States Capital. She was paid $7500.00 for the painting which converts to more than $150,000 in today's value. Her paintings of the Supreme Court and Justices are in the art collection of the U.S. Supreme Court.' The Encyclopædia Britannica reports " Fassett studied art in New York City and in Europe, where she stayed for three years. She won a large local following in Chicago for her paintings, but her major success came after she moved to Washington, D.C., in 1875. There the reputation she gained as a hostess enabled her to receive an unprecedented number of political commissions for a woman and to gain a great many prominent sitters for portraits, including three presidents—Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, and James A. Garfield." This fabulous watercolor painting is signed C. Adele Fassett 1883. I have not been able to identify the fashionably dressed young woman. Obviously, she was a member of the social elite. the portrait is of the highest quality and measures 7.5" by 6.5". It is in a lovely gold frame with silk matting and measures 14.5" by 12.5". A stunning piece.
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