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"A Puritan Maiden"

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Evoking an era of perceived simplicity and purity, woman dressed in colonial garb were popular icons during the Colonial Revival. James Wells Champney was one of America?s foremost pastelists at the turn of the century. He and his wife, author Elizabeth Williams Champney, and their children, architect Frere and artist Marie, lived in New York and summered in Deerfield, Massachusetts. They exhibited during Deerfield?s annual exhibitions, and their influence and urban connections were significant to Deerfield. The model, Sarah Midgley Cameron (1871-1960), moved to America from Bradford, England, at the age of eighteen. This portrait was painted a year after her marriage to Angus Cameron, who ran the Millers Falls Paper Company.


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