Theodosia Burr (Mrs. Joseph Alston)

Artist: Jarvis, John Wesley \ attributed

Theodosia Burr was the daughter of U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr. As a child Theodosia not only studied French, music, and dance, but also Latin, Greek, the sciences, history, and literature, which was unusual for a young woman at the time. She was raised in New York City and in 1801 married Joseph Alston, a wealthy South Carolinian (and later governor of South Carolina). They were one of the first couples to honeymoon in Niagara Falls.

  • Artist's Dates: 1781 - 1840 B. South Shields, Eng. D. New York, NY
  • Artist's Nationality: American
  • Medium: Watercolor
  • Support: Ivory
  • Dimensions: 2 7/8 X 2 1/2 Inches
  • Sitter's Dates: 1783-1812
  • Credit: Gift of Mrs. Marion H. Brawley
  • Period: 19th century
  • Accession Number: 1984.002
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