Portrait of Washington A. Roebling
On View: Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
A Brooklyn Power Couple
Washington and Emily Roebling, like many eminent Americans, had their likenesses painted by leading French portraitists. Washington, who served as the chief engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge, is depicted seated before a window overlooking the landmark. When he fell ill during construction, Emily assumed all on-site responsibilities and was the first to cross the bridge, in 1883.
Emily Roebling was honored at the bridge’s opening ceremony, and her celebrity later extended beyond Brooklyn. She wore the elaborate dress she wears here at her presentation at court in St. James’s Palace in London and at the crowning of the czar and czarina in Moscow.
Oil on canvas
unglazed, framed weight is 166 lbs.: 79 1/8 x 53 1/8 in., 166 lb. (201 x 134.9 cm, 75.3kg)
frame: 90 3/4 x 64 1/4 in. (230.5 x 163.2 cm)
glazed weight: 224 lb. (101.61kg)
Inscribed upper right: "[?]99"
Gift of Paul Roebling
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