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Go Green: St. Patrick's Day Fashion Inspiration from the Collection

Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just about being festive. Originally the color was thought to be invisible to the leprechauns and fairies that were responsible for pinching people not dressed in green. If you still haven’t planned your St. Paddy’s Day outfit, take some inspiration from these museum pieces. 

 

Tradition, Kenyon Cox, 1916 (American, 1856-1919) oil on canvas, Unframed - h: 106.00 w: 165.50 cm (h: 41 11/16 w: 65 1/8 inches).

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Portrait of Constantine Phipps, 1770 John I Smart (British, 1741-1811) watercolor on ivory in a later gold and woven hair bracelet, Framed - h:4.60 w:4.10 cm (h:1 3/4 w:1 9/16 inches).

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Jahangir, early 1600s India, Mughal, early 17th century color on paper, Image - h:4.80 w:3.20 cm (h:1 7/8 w:1 1/4 inches).

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A Memorial Portrait of Sawamura Sojuro III as Satsuma Gengobei, Utagawa Toyokuni 1800 (Japanese, 1769-1825) color woodblock print, Sheet - h:37.80 w:25.20 cm (h:14 7/8 w:9 7/8 inches).

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Portrait of Grand Duchess Catherine Pavlovna, later Queen of Württemberg , Alois Gustav Rockstuhl (,c. 1860 Russian, 1798-1877) watercolor on ivory on a gilt metal mount, Framed - h:6.00 w:5.00 cm (h:2 5/16 w:1 15/16 inches) Unframed - h:5.70 w:4.60 cm (h:2 3/16 w:1 3/4 inches. 

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Fright, 1942-1943 William Henry Johnson (American, 1901-1970) screen print with hand coloring, Sheet - h:43.10 w:35.00 cm (h:16 15/16 w:13 3/4 inches).

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Portrait of a Boy in a Green Cardigan, c. 1925-1930 William Sommer (American, 1867-1949) Watercolor, gouache, and pen and brown ink with graphite, Sheet - h:45.40 w:32.00 cm (h:17 13/16 w:12 9/16 inches). 

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Maid Bringing a Hookah to a Lady, 1800s India, Calcutta, Kalighat painting, 19th century Black ink, watercolor, and tin paint on paper, Secondary Support - h:48.60 w:30.10 cm (h:19 1/8 w:11 13/16 inches) Painting only - h:45.80 w:27.90 cm (h:18 w:10 15/16 inches).

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Descending Geese at Katata (From the series Elegant Women and the Eight Views of Lake Biwa), Eizan Kikugawa 1810s (Japanese, 1787-1867) color woodblock print, Sheet - h:39.40 w:26.10 cm (h:15 1/2 w:10 1/4 inches).

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