The opportunity to partner with highly intelligent, passionate and curious people enriches my life and makes me excited for what each new day might bring.Much can be learned from the pages of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte’s twenty-one surviving account books: her material purchasing habits, diet, lifestyle, travels, opinions of family members, and much, much more.In 1838 when Elizabeth was 53, she had her silhouette cut in Rockaway Beach, New York.
An elegant woman not jaded, nor affected by environmental elements throughout her many travels overseas. My greatest challenge was accurately capturing Elizabeth Bonaparte’s photographic likeness from a painting.
Her account books are part financial account, shopping record, inventory, journal, and commonplace book.
They include her daily purchases of food, clothing, textiles, accessories, fine and decorative art, furniture, housing, meals, carriage rentals, payments to servants, gifts, etc., as well as her financial records of stocks, dividends and ground rental payments received from her numerous properties.
For a woman whose beauty was central to her identity, aging must have been difficult.
Rather than embracing the changes time wrought, Elizabeth defied them.
At this time, a married woman was not legally allowed to manage her own finances and technically needed the approval of her husband for a contract.