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Hearth in Kitchen But when a Realtor friend persuaded her and her husband, Steven, to look at a former tollhouse on Connecticut's Litchfield Turnpike dating to 1777, Leslie finally found the excuse to indulge her true passion. "As soon as we walked into the kitchen and I saw those cabinets painted my favorite dark red, it was all over. My husband said, 'Wow, I think we've just bought a house.'"
The Beardsley Limner, Identified as Sarah Perkins (1771-1831), Portrait of a lady seated in a Windsor chair, probably Jemima Wolcott Steele (b. 1763), probably Ellington, Connecticut, c.1790, Oil on canvas, 32" x 25 ¼" In un-restored condition. This portrait is believed to be the wife of James Steele whose portrait by the Beardsley Limner is in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg, along with one of their eleven children, identified as "Child Posing with Cat".