Portrait of a Lady in Brown

About 1896–98
James Wells Champney (American, 1843–1903)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (1962) cat. 141


Sheet (sight): 74.6 x 49.2 cm (29 3/8 x 19 3/8 in.) Framed: 99.1 x 73.3 cm (39 x 28 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pastel on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Waist-length portrait, slightly turned to left. She wears high felt hat with chiffon veil, coat and dark fur stole. According to Elizabeth Humphrey, granddaughter of the artist, this is a portrait of her mother, Maria Mitchell Champney.


Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA November 13, 1958

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875