A Young Woman

American Schoolcirca 1801

Cincinnati Art Museum

Cincinnati Art Museum

This simple portrait of a young woman in a black dress has surprisingly intricate hairwork on its back. A detailed landscape made of watercolor mixed with chopped hair surrounds a central design dedicated to love. The conjoined medallions with the initials of two people support a column surmounted with a pair of flaming hearts. When columns are shown whole they can represent strength. The burning hearts symbolize extreme passion.

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  • Title: A Young Woman
  • Creator: American School
  • Date Created: circa 1801
  • Location: United States
  • Physical Dimensions: 2 1/4 x 1 7/8 in. (5.7 x 4.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fleischmann III
  • Accession Number: 2004.560
  • Medium: watercolor on ivory (recto), watercolor and chopped hair (verso)


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