Object photography

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Object description

  • Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755-1828); Jane Stuart (American, 19th century)
  • Portrait of Charlotte Story Forrester, about 1825
  • Oil on wood panel
  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • H: 26.5 in, W: 21 in
  • Bequest of Miss Marianne S. Devereux, 1993
  • 103354


This is a portrait of Charlotte Story Forrester (1788-1867). The portrait shows a half-length figure, facing three-quarters to the left. She has curling brown hair parted in the center and is wearing a low-cut white silk dress edged with lace. Mrs. Forrester has an oval brooch and a red cashmere shawl. The background is warm gray. Further Remarks: Mrs. Forrester was baptized at Marblehead, Massachusetts, October 19, 1788. She was the daughter of Dr. Elisha and Mehitable (Pedrick) Story. Her father was a member of the Boston Tea Party and served as a surgeon in the Revolution. Her brother Joseph Story was a distinguished jurist. She married John Forrester in Marblehead on October 25, 1810. Mr. Forrester died in February of 1837. Mrs. Forrester died on December 16, 1867 in Salem, Massachusetts. This portrait was unfinished at the time of Gibert Stuart's death and the bust of the portrait finished by Jane Stuart.

Exhibition History

  • American Decorative Arts exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum; June 03, 2003 through Present
  • Worlds Revealed: The Dawn of Japanese and American Exchange, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 17, 2000 through March 18, 2001