Isabella Tod Stewart was Isabella Stewart Gardner's paternal grandmother and namesake. This portrait was painted by Thomas Sully--an American artist famous for having painted Queen Victoria. Sully’s canvas shows a graceful woman with fair coloring and wearing an almost translucent bonnet. This painting, probably passed down to the younger Isabella’s father David Stewart and then to her, was a family heirloom and likely treasured by the founder. She displayed it in the Short Gallery opposite her own portrait by Anders Zorn.