[photograph of a portrait of Georgine Urquart McLane]

Georgine Urquart McLane (1815-1899)

MSA SC 1545-1190. 1841 by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1806-1873). Presented to the state by Margaret Garber Blue and Paul Greenwood Garber in 1956.

Georgine Urquart McLane was the wife of Robert M. McLane (1815-1898), the thirty-ninth governor of Maryland, serving in office from 1884-1885. Mrs. McLane was the daughter of a prominent Louisiana merchant and married her husband in Paris on August 2, 1841, when he was serving in the Army Corps of Topographical Engineers. They had two daughters. Shortly after entering the governor's office, McLane was nominated by President Grover Cleveland to be Minister to France, a post for which he resigned the governorship in 1885. Mrs. McLane resided in Paris until her death in 1899. Her portrait, by a successful German court painter working predominately in Paris, was painted in Italy in the year of her marriage. The building depicted in the background strongly resembles the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, which is probably the location of the sitting.

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