Mrs John Freake and Baby Mary
Paula Petrik, Professor of History and Art History, George Mason University
Review the following image; all 3 versions available.
- What are the most obvious differences between the drawing adapted from the x-ray radiograph and existing portrait? Superimposition of the two images might help you sort out the differences.
- Why do you think that Mary Freake wanted her portrait repainted?
- What can you infer about the development of American family life from the portrait?
- How is the portrait different from the stereotypical depictions of New England Puritans and Puritan life like:
Updated | April 2004