Out of our 110+ paintings, only a handful are of women. And of course, there’s no identification on any of them, although we have some suspicions of who they are.
First up is Mrs. Roberts. At least that’s who we think she is. Apparently, the wife of George Roberts, M.D. He was both a doctor of medicine and divinity. His painting was done by John Beale Bordley, II, and we have a suspicion that hers was done by Bordley, too.
This gal might possibly be the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Roberts. She does look rather uncomfortable, but I am sure it’s just the stomacher. She also needs to stop slouching! Throw those shoulders back!The painting is by Thomas Coke Ruckle and is very detailed, down to the signature worked into the detail of the small table next to Miss Roberts. The bird and the flowers are also very detailed. Apparently, Ruckle did a series of bird paintings. Is that a red-winged blackbird?
Here’s hoping we find out who the girls are!