Dolley Payne Madison (1768-1849)

Dolley Payne Madison (1768-1849)
Dolley Payne, the daughter of Quaker parents, was born in North Carolina, and raised in Virginia and Philadelphia. In 1794 she married James Madison. During her husband's years as President of the United States (1809-1817), she became the leading social figure in the capital, acting as hostess both for her husband and for widowed president Thomas Jefferson. Her charm, friendliness, and tact were much admired. She accompanied her husband during his retirement at Montpelier, and following his death, she returned to Washington and once again became a leading light of national society. Browere took likenesses of James and Dolley Madison in early October 1825, then departed for Monticello to take Thomas Jefferson's bust (on view in the American Painting Gallery on the first floor). He stopped at Montpelier on his way back to Washington, where he evidently took a second cast of Dolley's face. On February 4, 1826, he wrote to James Madison that he had attached this second mask of Dolley "to the original bust of her, and appears to a better advantage. The costume I can insure is beautiful." In the same letter, Browere announced the birth of a baby daughter and asked permission to name her after the former first lady. Permission was granted. Browere greatly admired the Madisons and corresponded with them for the rest of his life.
Physical dimensions: 
depth 9.504 in ; height 21.996 in ; weight 1104 oz ; width 13.752 in