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The Parmly Sisters

Image for The Parmly Sisters
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Center Label
The Parmly sisters were the daughters of Dr. Eleazar Parmly, a prominent dentist in New York who was known as the “father of modern dentistry.” In this portrait, Louisa, on the left, holds a book of Beethoven’s music, and Julia, on the right, sits at the piano leafing through sheet music. Their sister Mary is in the center. In 1851, Thomas P. Rossiter married Anna Parmly, elder sister of these girls. Anna does not appear in this image because she had died shortly before it was made.
Artist
Thomas P. Rossiter, born New Haven, CT 1818-died Cold Spring, NY 1871
Sitter
unidentified
Date
ca. 1857
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Mary Montagu Walke
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
44 1/8 x 56 1/8 in. (112.0 x 142.5 cm)
Type
Painting
Topic
Portrait female
Portrait group\family\siblings
Architecture Interior\domestic
Object\musical instrument\piano
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 3B
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
Object number
1986.77