Portrait of Jane Hunter, Wife of Maskell Ewing


Object ID#    2009.103.002                

Object Name     Photograph



Black and white portrait of Jane Hunter (1768-1831). A woman with long black curls is seated in a fancy dress holding a closed book. There is a wall and a tree behind her, possibly a painted background.

Handwritten with black ink on the matte of the picture: “Jane Hunter 1768-1831 / of Woodstock, Radnor Twp. / Wife of Maskell Ewing / Photograph of portrait by Charles Willson Peale.” Handwritten on the front oak tag: “Portrait owned by Mrs. George F. Curwin.” Typed on the rear of the oak tag: “Twelve Radnor People / 1 Jane (Hunter) Ewing (1767-1831) and Maskell Ewing, J.P. (1758-1825) / Portraits by Sharples (photographs) / Jane Hunter is perhaps the earliest Radnor woman of whom there is a likeness; / she was painted by both Charles Willson Peale and Sharples. Her father, / James Hunter of Philadelphia, acquired the ‘Woodstock’ farm as a summer / place in 1757 and Jane came live there at the age of ten during the British / occupation of Philadelphia. Her husband, a lawyer, was elected from Radnor / to the Pennsylvania Senate from 1815-1821. / Their son, Maskell Cochran Ewing, / was Radnor’s graduate of West Point, in 1826. His descendants owned / ‘Woodstock’ until 1971.”