Woman with high comb and lace collar

Portrait of Sally Smith, wife of the first settler of McGraw.

Ruth Henshaw Bascom (American, 1772–1848)

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1095 (Folk artists)


Sheet: 50.5 x 37.8 cm (19 7/8 x 14 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Graphite pencil and pastel, silhouetted upon light blue paper: the dress cut separate

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Folk art- portraits. Bust, profile to left. Cut out and attached to prepared lavender paper, now faded to light blue. Said to be a portrait of Sally Smith, wife of first settler of McGraw (NY?). From Ipswich, MA


1951, gift of Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Newport, RI, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 8, 1951)

Credit Line

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