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Portraits of Anna and Richard Cutts

Anna Payne Cutts

Anna Payne Cutts, the youngest sister of Dolley Madison, sits for a portrait in a fashionable French-style dress about the time of your marriage in March 1804 to Richard Cutts, a Massachusetts congressman. The renowned portraitist Gilbert Stuart created the original painting, and, according to family lore, he painted in his own profile, which included an outsized nose, in the billowing drapery behind his subject. Stuart also painted Richard Cutts about the same time.

After the deaths of both Anna and Richard Cutts, a family dispute arose between the Cutts's two sons over who would inherit the original Stuart portraits. Dolley Madison resolved the issue in an April 14, 1845, letter to both of her nephews, instructing them to have copies made of the original paintings by "the great colorist and delineator Sully" or a "more economical Artist." Charles Bird King was chosen to make the copies and each son kept one original Stuart and one copy. The portrait shown here, from the Virginia Historical Society, is the mid-nineteenth-century copy portrait painted by King.

Original Author: Charles Bird King, based on a painting by Gilbert Stuart

Created: Mid-nineteenth century copy; 1804–1805 original

Medium: Oil on canvas

Courtesy of Virginia Historical Society

Richard Cutts

Richard Cutts, a congressman from the Maine district of Massachusetts, is the subject of this painting by the renowned portraitist Gilbert Stuart. Cutts married Anna Payne, the youngest sister of Dolley Payne Madison, on March 31, 1804, and about that time Stuart painted separate portraits of Cutts and his wife.

Original Author: Gilbert Stuart

Created: 1804–1805

Medium: Oil on canvas

Courtesy of Virginia Historical Society

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  • Anna Payne Cutts

    Anna Payne Cutts, the youngest sister of Dolley Madison, sits for a portrait in a fashionable French-style dress about the time of your marriage in March 1804 to Richard Cutts, a Massachusetts congressman. The renowned portraitist Gilbert Stuart created the original painting, and, according to family lore, he painted in his own profile, which included an outsized nose, in the billowing drapery behind his subject. Stuart also painted Richard Cutts about the same time.

    After the deaths of both Anna and Richard Cutts, a family dispute arose between the Cutts's two sons over who would inherit the original Stuart portraits. Dolley Madison resolved the issue in an April 14, 1845, letter to both of her nephews, instructing them to have copies made of the original paintings by "the great colorist and delineator Sully" or a "more economical Artist." Charles Bird King was chosen to make the copies and each son kept one original Stuart and one copy. The portrait shown here, from the Virginia Historical Society, is the mid-nineteenth-century copy portrait painted by King.

    Original Author: Charles Bird King, based on a painting by Gilbert Stuart

    Created: Mid-nineteenth century copy; 1804–1805 original

    Medium: Oil on canvas

    Courtesy of Virginia Historical Society

  • Richard Cutts

    Richard Cutts, a congressman from the Maine district of Massachusetts, is the subject of this painting by the renowned portraitist Gilbert Stuart. Cutts married Anna Payne, the youngest sister of Dolley Payne Madison, on March 31, 1804, and about that time Stuart painted separate portraits of Cutts and his wife.

    Original Author: Gilbert Stuart

    Created: 1804–1805

    Medium: Oil on canvas

    Courtesy of Virginia Historical Society