Portrait of Cleopatra Bella Brown


Portrait of Cleopatra Bella Brown


Sepia-toned image of a young woman in a suit and bonnet. She wears a two-piece dress with a bustle and a pleated fringe on the bottom, and a pleated detail at the cuffs of her sleeves. Lace trim and fingerless gloves complete her fashionable attire. Her dress is typical of styles in the late 1870s, given its lack of a draped overskirt and relatively minor ornamentation. However, since the addressee in the transcription, Alice Sewell, was born in 1888 and photo postcards were not available until after 1902, it is likely that Ms. Brown had the photo reprinted at a later date. While the museum has no record of just who, exactly, Cleopatra Bella Brown was, Alice Sewell was a student at Pacific University in 1907 and 1908, then in 1911, after studying art in New York, returned to teach art at Pacific for a few years. Ms. Sewell was a sculptor and painter and remained an integral part of the Portland area art scene for much of the first half of the twentieth century.
[back] [ink] To Alice. Compliments of Cleopatra Bella Brown.

Date Created

circa 1870s-1900s


photographic postcards






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