Mrs. Bradley Martin (ca. 1848-1920)

Object Number: 
1905.156
Date: 
1897
Medium: 
Watercolor on ivory; silver gilt
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 7/8 x 2 1/4 in. ( 7.3 x 5.7 cm )
Marks: 
Signed middle right: "MEAVE T. GEDNEY" inscription: on cardboard backing: Mrs. Bradley Martin bottom edge of case stamped: "Black, Starr & Frost / Sterling"
Gallery Label: 
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Martin gained notoriety for their lavish masquerade ball held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1897. Mr. Martin dressed as Louis XV, while Mrs. Martin presided as Mary, Queen of Scots, in a costume valued at over $400,000. This miniature depicts her in the extravagant ensemble, which included jewels that had once belonged to Empress Josephine of France. The couple endured scathing criticism for holding such a conspicuously excessive event during a time of economic depression. They moved to England to escape the scandal.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group