Young Lady in Blue

about 1815

Object Place: Kittery, Maine, United States


58.42 x 41.91 cm (23 x 16 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted wood

Not On View





Long brown hair, white shawl, blue gown trimmed with gold. Said to be central motif of a sternboard. Polychromed wood, original paint; probably never used.

This idealized bust may have ornamented the bow of a ship, or it may have advertised one of the carver’s shops that flourished in American coastal towns throughout the nineteenth century. The same carvers who created decorative ornament for vessels often provided carvings for buildings and furniture.


According to M. & M. Karolik Collection of American Water Colors & Drawings (MFA Boston, 1962), cat. no. 1420: "This carving originally hung in the study of Virgil D. Parris of Paris Hill, Me., who was a member of Congress, 1839-1841, and Civilian Keeper of Naval Stores at Kittery Naval Yard, Me., about 1858-1859."

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik