Ann Eliza Morehead Evans
Ann Eliza’s portrait is very important to Blandwood’s collection, because it is the earliest portrait painted by Browne at the house. The portrait, signed and dated in 1859, proves that Browne initially came to Blandwood in the 1850s. Ann Eliza’s portrait is much simpler than her older sisters’, carrying the same modest stoicism of her parents’ portraits. This may be due to the fact it was painted around the same time that her parents first sat for Browne.
At this time, portraiture was evolving, due to the more regular use of cameras. This meant that painted portraits became a symbol of wealth, and Ann Eliza’s portrait conveys this idea. The subject’s simple pose and attire, save for the conspicuous red shawl and gold broach, denotes the need for this portrait. She is only attempting to remind future viewers that she was there.
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