Let's "Save Carrie for Waterbury"
S.O.S. (Save Our Stuff) Conservation Program
Please support the S.O.S. (Save Our Stuff) conservation program at the Mattatuck Museum.
We are raising funds for the much needed conservation of Abraham Archibald Anderson's portrait of Miss Caroline Welton.
The portrait is of Waterbury legend, Caroline Welton. Carrie was an early supporter of the ASPCA and willed much of her estate to that society. Another portion went to the creation of a drinking fountain, for people and horses, on the Waterbury Green. At the top of the fountain is a life-size statue of Carrie's horse, Knight. Carrie received a large settlement at her father's death in 1874. After giving $250,000 to the New York Humane Society in honor of Knight, she headed west. She climbed several of the mountains in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. It was on Longs Peak there that she met her end, falling prey to a sudden storm.
The portrait by Abraham Anderson depicts the young beauty dressed in the elegant fashion and jewelry typical of her station. Then at the start of his art career, Anderson became well-known for his portraiture and went on to paint several famous subjects, including Thomas Edison, whose portrait now hangs in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.
Abraham Archibald Anderson (1847-1940)
Miss Caroline Welton, c. 1870-74
Oil on canvas, 72 x 36
Gift of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 1940
Carrie needs a thorough cleaning as her white satin gown has been yellowed by years of exposure and her magnificent gilded frame needs restoration since it has lost part of its garland along with its luster. She is life size, 72" x 36", so saving her is a big undertaking.
This work has problems with both the painting and the frame that have kept the museum from displaying it, yet it has potential, when restored, to become a jewel in our collection. Its subject is important to the Mattatuck as she is a perfect symbol of the Art and History of Waterbury.
Please help us SAVE CARRIE FOR WATERBURY.
Contact the museum for more information at (203) 753-0381 x20 or
download this form and mail it back to:
c/o Save Carrie
144 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702