The splendid portrait Matilda Stoughton de Jaudenes
by Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755–1828) shows the 16-year-old bride of Spanish diplomat Josef de Jáudenes y Nebot. Matilda Stoughton was an American whose father served as Spain’s consul in Boston for 30 years. This image, along with her husband’s companion portrait in the Metropolitan Museum, both painted in 1794, are superb examples of Stuart’s firm, brilliant style just after his return to the U.S. from England. Although Matilda’s fashionable costume and jewelry would have been considered excessive for a young Anglo-Saxon, the splendor was completely appropriate for the wife of an ambitious diplomat in the new American republic. Our dramatic earrings are adapted from a large oval bracelet and a sumptuous brooch shown in Stuart’s portrait.
22K gold overlay, with dyed howlite and simulated glass pearls. 1''L. Clip, or pierced with gold-filled posts.