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Catarina Catherine Brass

Catarina Catherine Brass

Female 1732 - 1797  (65 years)

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  • Name Catarina Catherine Brass 
    Born 25 Jan 1732  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 22 Mar 1797  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I23155  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 15 Nov 2013 

    Father Adolphus Brass,   b. 23 Feb 1703, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Maria Caratang,   b. Abt 1732 
    Family ID F8119  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Richard Yates,   b. 17 Mar 1737, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1808, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 6 Dec 1757  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Richard Yates,   b. 1758, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Catherine Yates,   b. 1760, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Maria Yates,   b. 8 Nov 1768, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 14 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F8118  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Gilbert Stuart (painter) American, 1755 - 1828 Catherine Brass Yates (Mrs. Richard Yates), 1793/1794 oil on canvas overall: 76.2 x 63.5 cm (30 x 25 in.) framed: 99.1 x 85.7 cm (39 x 33 3/4 in.) Andrew W. Mellon Collection 1940.1.4 On View From the Tour: Gilbert Stuart Object 1 of 5 This portrait of a New York businessman's wife is considered one of the finest characterizations produced by an American artist. Mrs. Yates sewed while she posed, leaving little doubt about her industriousness. As she turns to appraise the viewer, her skeptical gaze and tightly pressed lips also reveal her uncompromising rectitude. British sitters had expected flattery, but Americans desired factual accuracy. Once in the United States, Stuart complained, "In England my efforts were compared with those of Van Dyck, Titian, and other great painters -- here they are compared with the works of the Almighty!" The Almighty had given Mrs. Yates a bony face, and that is precisely what Stuart had to portray. Stuart employed the stiff, angular lines of her silhouette to communicate Mrs. Yates' capability and astuteness. Even though the image is stark, the paint surfaces demonstrate Stuart's virtuosity at its best. Reflections from the coral upholstery, for instance, dance onto her silk dress in rapidly dashed brushstrokes. Mrs. Yates was the wife of the senior partner in the New York firm of Yates & Pollock, importers of East Indian and European goods. The National Gallery of Art's collection includes four other portraits of members of her family commissioned from Stuart at the same time: Richard Yates, her husband; Lawrence Reid Yates, her brother-in-law; Catherine Yates Pollock (Mrs. George Pollock), her daughter; and George Pollock, her son-in-law.