Nellie Jane Manning | Painting | Wisconsin Historical Society


Nellie Jane Manning

Nellie Jane Manning | Painting | Wisconsin Historical Society
Full-length portrait of Nellie Jane Manning.
Full-length portrait of Nellie Jane Manning.
Image ID:2782
Creation Date:date unknown
Creator Name:Stanley, Abraham Ross
Collection Name:WHS Museum Collection
Original Format Type:paintings
Original Format Number:Museum 1945.1243
Original Dimensions:46 x 58 inches
"Nellie Jane Manning was a little six-year-old girl who died suddenly in 1873 of spinal meningitis. After her death [Abram Ross] Stanley began the portrait as a gift to her saddened parents because he was fond of the little girl who had often visited his studio [in Shullsburg, WI]. To make the portrait as authentic as possible, Abraham Stanley brought many of Nellie's personal belongings to the studio. The portrait shows the little girl dressed in an orange merino dress with black scallop trimming. In addition she wears a black silk ruffled pinafore. A comb with its plaid silk ribbon bow is holding back her hair. A string of pearl beads with a gold-clasped, cornelian pendant hangs about the little girl's neck. On her right hand is a cornelian ring and she holds a red rose, her favorite flower. Nellie is holding a red leather Bible propped up on the marble topped table. Nimble Dick, Nellie Jane's gray kitten, sits on the floor. (The cat was actually black in color, but Stanley felt that with so many other dark objects in the picture, the kitten ought to be lighter in tone.) The painting is primitive in style with a meticulous technique and attention to detail. It is a formal frontal view with the figure stolidly composed and unsmiling." (Kenneth R. Hopkins, "Three Wisconsin Primitives")
Flower arrangement

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