Portrait of Lucy Mygatt Adams of Connecticut and Ohio

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Oil on canvas portrait of young woman in diaphanous white dress.  Subject identified by family documentation as Lucy Mygatt Adams (1797-1885) of Danbury Connecticut and Warren, Ohio. Unsigned. American, circa 1820.

Why is it special? Lucy was not just beautiful.  Born July 28, 1794, the daughter of Comfort Starr Mygatt (1763-1823) and Lucy Knapp (1766-1804) of Danbury, CT, Lucy was also the granddaughter of prominent merchant and Revolutionary war patriot Eli Mygatt (1742-1807) of Danbury and New Haven, Connecticut.  An important double portrait of Comfort Starr Mygatt and Lucy Mygatt by John Brewster, Jr. (1766-1854), signed and dated March 1, 1799, was sold at Sotheby’s in January 1988.  Featured as the cover lot and shown in color, A young Lucy is seen with her light reddish hair and blue eyes standing next to her father who is seated in a green painted Windsor chair.  A complete discussion of the Mygatts and John Brewster is included in the Auction Catalogue, provided by Joyce Hill, Consulting Research curator, Museum of American Folk Art, New York.