Susannah Rose Lawson (Mrs. Gavin Lawson, 1749-1825)

Date: 1770

Susannah Rose Lawson was the daughter of Ann Fitzhugh Rose and the Reverend Robert Rose. She married Scottish merchant Gavin Lawson in 1766.

Dimensions: 49 5/8 x 38 7/8 in. (126 x 98.74 cm.)

The subject is seated in an interior on a wooden chair. She wears a blue dress with a white ruffled stomacher and lace trim. Pink roses are attached to her stomacher. She also wears a five strand pearl necklace and has pearls and jewels in her hair. Her right elbow rests on a carved wooden table. Her left hand is in her lap and holds pink flowers. She is turned towards her left. A window appears next to her with foliage visible and a carved decoration on the window sill. It is signed near the window: “J. H. Pinxt 1770.”

See: Colonial Williamsburg eMuseum; Carolyn J. Weekley, Painters and Paintings in the Early American South (2013), 265

Family: LawsonRose
Location: Falmouth
Decade: 1770s
Credits: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Museum Purchase, 1954-262.