Betty Washington Lewis (Mrs. Fielding Lewis, 1733-1797)

Date: ca. 1755-1758

Elizabeth “Betty” Washington Lewis was the sister of George Washington. She was the daughter of Augustine Washington and Mary Ball Washington. She married Fielding Lewis of Fredericksburg in 1750. He built Kenmore in the 1770s.

Dimensions: 50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm.)

The subject is seated indoors. She wears a blue dress with a blue bow over a white or silver underskirt. Pearls and a pink ribbon are entwined in her hair. She is turned three-quarters to her right. Her left elbow rests on a marble slab table with elaborate carvings. Her right hands holds pink roses in her lap. A red curtain is behind her. The wall has paneling or carving.

Decade: 1750s
Credits: Courtesy of Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.