The Lincoln Children,
portrait painted by Susan Catherine Moore Waters in
1845. Oil on canvas.
Courtesy, 2003, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Juliana Cheney Edwards collection.
Susan Waters received the traditional education for a
child, which included art lessons. She was able to pay for her own
sisterís education by selling her work. Waters spent much of her
in Bordentown. She was well known for her animal paintings and primitive
style. This is one of her rare portrait paintings. It depicts
wearing pantalettes. The middle child, with bobbed hair and a shorter
than the other two, may be a boy, since male children were often dressed
in this fashion. (These children are not related to President