Elizabeth Gay Bolling (Mrs. Thomas Bolling, 1738-1813) and her twin daughters, Sarah and Ann Bolling (both 1772-1773)

Date: 1773

Elizabeth Gay Bolling was the daughter of Dr. William and Elizabeth Gay. She married Thomas Bolling. She was also painted in 1778 by John Durand. She is pictured with her twin daughters, Sarah and Ann, in this picture.

Dimensions: 40 3/8 x 30 3/8 in. (102.55 x 77.15 cm.)

Elizabeth sits in a green upholstered armchair. She wears a blue dress with a ruffled bodice and large blue bow at her breast and lace along the neck and her sleeves. There are pearls woven into her hair. She has two babies sitting in her lap. Each of the babies wears a white gown with a pink sash and a white cap trimmed with pink ribbon. They each hold coral rattles. A red curtain trimmed with gold and with a large gold tassel hangs behind them. The portrait is a little bit smaller than standard half-length portraits.

See: Colonial Williamsburg eMuseum; Carolyn J. Weekley, Painters and Paintings in the Early American South (2013), 350.

Family: BollingGay
Decade: 1770s
Credits: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Gift of Mrs. Sarah G. Henry Willis in memory of Roberta Bolling Henry, 1995-100.