…Her father and his brother Edward Penington were partners in a sugar refinery in Philadelphia that was founded by her grandfather Edward, a prominent Quaker merchant. Glimpses of her life are found in her uncle Edward Penington’s record of theater visits in Philadelphia. “Nancy [as she was known] P.” went to the theater with her uncle Edward at least once in 1801 and in 1802, and in 1803 she joined her uncle’s theater parties several times. *
From Lawrence Park:
Daughter of Isaac and Sarah Penington of Bordentown, New Jersey. She died the year following the painting of her portrait, of consumption.
Bordentown, 1805. Canvas 32 x 28 inches. Seated, three-quarters left, in a gilded armchair covered with crimson brocade, with eyes to spectator, and wearing a black velevet gown. Her hair is auburn, and her eyes “red-hazel.” She holds a miniature in her hands, and through an open window one catches a pleasing glimpse of the Delaware river, a bit of landscape painting which shows what he might have accomplished had he turned his brush to landscape art. This picture is especially interesting as being one of the few known portraits by Stuart to which he affixed his name, “G. Stuart, Bordentown, 1805,” being painted beneath the window.
* Further dates and names of plays which Ann attended are listed, taken originally from “Edward Penington’s Day Book, 1799-1806” in the collection of The Historical Society of Pennsylvania.