Description The subject of this portrait by Miller is Mrs. Jesse Hare (Catherine H. Welch) (ca. 1790-1874). She was born in Lynchburg, Virginia and also died there. On 11 October 1810 she married Jesse Hare (1789-1861) in Baltimore. Hare was an extremely wealthy tobacco manufacturer. She lived with her daughter, Eliza Credilla Hare, who, on her married in 1847 became Mrs. Decatur Howard Miller and sister-in-law to the artist. On 1 September 1848 A.J. Miller recieved a hundred dollars from his brother for his mother-in-law's portrait. Miller also painted the portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Miller, which are now also owned by the museum (see WAM 37.2557 and WAM 37.2558).
Provenance Decatur H. Miller, 1848, commissioned from artist; Alfred J. Miller, Jr., (great-nephew of the artist) 1968, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1970, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1970
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