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Portrait of Washington A. Roebling

Théobald Chartran

European Art

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.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Europe
  • DATES 1899
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed upper right: "[?]99"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Beaux-Arts Court, North, 3rd Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1994.69.2
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Paul Roebling
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