Mrs. John Colcock (Mellescent Jones)

Artist: Unknown

Left widowed at age thirty-three, Mrs. Jones conducted a school in her home for young girls. She was painted by Samuel F. B. Morse during his sojourn (1817-1821) in Charleston, and in both portraits is shown wearing a lace-trimmed bonnet. The characterization and modelling of Mrs. Jones' miniature is strong, and suggests an intelligent and self-reliant woman. The background consists of a careful cross-hatched pattern and is an unusual pink-lavender.

  • Medium: Watercolor
  • Support: Ivory
  • Dimensions: 2 1/2 X 2 1/8 Inches
  • Sitter's Dates: 1744-1829
  • Credit: Gift of Dorothy W. Seago, Georgia Seago Fischer and Mary Seago Brooke
  • Period: 18th century
  • Accession Number: 1982.001
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