* FEATURED WORK FROM THE MUSEUM’S COLLECTION *
by Sarah Goodridge (1788–1853)
Call it sexting circa 1828, this little beauty is a self-portrait created by the artist Sarah Goodridge for her longtime secret lover, the US Senator Daniel Webster.
Typical portrait miniatures were often given as tokens of affection, serving as loving reminders of distant loved ones to be kept close and treasured.
Taking that tradition to an extreme, Goodridge (a miniaturist by profession) painted this work at the age of 40 to amp up the volume of what must have already been a pretty steamy affair. Over 20 years of letters chronicle their relationship, during which Webster was married not once, but twice. Saucy.
While the Met chooses to not always display this piece, you can see many other stellar examples of American Portrait Miniatures in Gallery 754 in the American Wing at the museum.
Link to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s page on the piece: http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/20015115
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