Young Lady in Blue
Object Place: Kittery, Maine, United States
58.42 x 41.91 cm (23 x 16 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
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."
Gift of Maxim Karolik