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Christina Hege

Welfare, Christian Daniel
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
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oil on canvas –poplar
HOA 25 3/4″; WOA 21 3/4″; DOA 1 1/4″
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Portrait of woman; 3/4 length portrait of woman angled slightly toward proper right. Background is dark on viewer’s right with open window overlooking landscape with a tree on viewer’s left (only about half the tree is in the frame).

Woman has gray eyes and dark hair pulled back and secured at top with a large tortoise shell comb; a curl of hair is fastened just above each ear with a dark band which extends on each side toward the comb. Woman is wearing white empire waist dress with blue bows near the top of each sleeve; dress has white lace collar fastened at center with small brooch in the shape of a flower.

Reproduction frame made by Black Dog Gallery 03/2012.

Christina Hege (born 1802) and her sister Catherine both got married in 1828 and it is likely that these portraits were painted at the time of their marriages. Catherine married artist Daniel Welfare, and Christina married hatmaker adam Butner. The portrait descended in the Hege family.

RELATED OBJECTS: Acc. 4646.2 Portrait of Catharine Hege; Acc. 4646.1 Georg Hege’s Taufshein; 4646.4 Portrait of Adam Butner.

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