National Geographic : 1948 Sep
National Geographic iaga:zine National Gallery of Art GILB :RT STUR'i Ma ltilda Caroline Cruger (Mellon Collection) \\'llhen Stuart returnleld to Ne Ylork in 1705, alter 18 years of voluntary exile abroad, he painted six por trails of tlhe Yates finily. Iliese estalilishedl Stuart's Aimerican reputation, and all lhang in the National (;Gallery. Mliss (Cruger's hitlher was I lery Cruger. a miel)er of Parlianment, \\Shosupported El'd 1 1 111 Burke in advo iatin American inleplnde(nce. ~~e married Law ren e Reil Yates in 1705, two years alter t his portrait was piaintedl. 1lr. platessdli( a year later, and in 1800 his widow married her cousin. . ludge Ilenry \Valton. The author of the aiupanl)ying article citesHliss Cruger's portrait as proof of Stuart's unwiillngness tio flatter hIis suiiects. "Nor can it he said ," ir. \\'alker writes, that Stuart has made NIatilh Cruer into an exceptional beauty. Instad, how subtly has the artist suggested in the roundness under her chin the young woman who has to wati hi her figure, who feels thle bodice of her dress grow tighter and tighter!