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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Robert LaPrelle.
Title:

Portrait of a Girl and Her Dog in a Grape Arbor


Artist: Attributed to Susan Catherine Waters (1823 - 1900)
Date: ca. 1855-1860
Dimensions:
40 x 28 in. (101.6 x 71.1 cm)
Framed: 47 7/8 × 35 3/4 × 3 3/4 in. (121.6 × 90.8 × 9.5 cm)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2010.2
On View
Accession Number: 2010.2
Provenance(Skinner, Inc., Boston, MA); to Private Collection, NH, ca. 1980; to (Skinner, Inc., Boston, MA), March 7, 2010, sale 2494, lot 107; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2010
Label TextIn the late nineteenth century, there was increased interest in romanticizing the innocence of children, and artists explored ways to represent an ideal childhood. Symbols of typical girlhood often included gardens of flowers and playing with pets—items to be tended and cared for.

Although this girl remains unidentified, she is portrayed in high-class fashion of the time, including a full-skirted dress and high, frontlacing boots.
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