Mary Orange Rothery (Mrs. Matthew Rothery, b. 1747)

Artist: John Durand
Date: 1773

Mary Orange Rothery was married to Matthew Rothery, a Norfolk merchant who died before 1772.

Dimensions: 30 x 25 in. (76.8 x 64.5 cm.)

The subject wears a blue damask gown. A large bow and a floral brooch are at her neckline. She wears a corded necklace and a ribbon choker. She wears large earrings, a white lace veil, a floral hairpiece, and a blue bow is visible at the nape of her neck. She is turned to her right and holds a book. She is inside a painted oval frame. Originally inscribed “Marie Rother/aged. 26, A. D. 1773/J. Durand. painted”

See: Colonial Williamsburg eMuseum; Carolyn J. Weekley, Painters and Paintings in the Early American South (2013), 291.

Location: Norfolk
Decade: 1770s
Credits: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Museum Purchase; Conserved through the generosity of Kinsey Marable and the Antique Collectors Guild, 1991-150.