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Susannah (Miller) Lee Acton

Date: 1786-1787
50 1/4 x 40 1/8 in. (127.6 x 101.9 cm.)
Medium: oil on canvas
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Object Number: 17.25
Label Text:The sitter’s fiancé, Nathaniel Lee Acton, commissioned this portrait to commemorate their impending nuptials. Romney successfully captures his charming sitter’s likeness while also endowing her features with a strong sense of personality. Tilting her head to one side as if listening, she fixes the viewer with a friendly but appraising gaze and a smile suggestive of wry humor. Her dashing manner of dress reinforces her air of self-confidence.
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