Daily Archives: June 22, 2011

Thomas Lawrence’s Pinkie (the girl, not the finger)

Sarah Goodin Barrett Moulton, the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, was painted in 1794, a year before she died of whooping cough.  Her family nickname was Pinkie, which owns for the painting’s name and the pale pink ribbon she wears.  Her gown is perfectly girlish, a sheer lawn in the style of Marie Antoinette–airy enough to survive the sweltering Jamaican heat.

I adore the fluid movement of her gown and her proud expression, but what do you suppose she’s doing with her left hand?  Catching the ribbon?  And is it just me or does the bottom right corner of the painting look to have a paved road twisting around a bend?