Oil on canvas folk art portrait of a dark haired girl, believed to be Annie Eliza Tomkins Harrison of Sumner County, Tennessee (b. 1831-d. 1878). The subject is depicted wearing a green high waisted dress with pouf sleeves and gold locket around her neck, and is posed slightly turned to her left, with her left arm resting on a table and a book. Housed in a simple cove molded gilt wood frame. Sight – 24 1/2" H x 20 1/2" W. Framed – 28 1/2" H x 24 1/2" W. Circa 1845. Provenance: descended in the Tomkins family of Sumner County, Tennessee family to present consignor. Eliza Tomkins, also spelled Tompkins in some references, was the daughter of Mary Henderson Madden Tomkins (1811-1846) and John Randolph Augustus Tomkins (1800-1879), a prominent landowner, militia captain, merchant and civic leader. Mr. Tomkins was also a trustee of the Sumner Female Academy. Eliza was the couple's only daughter and seems to have lived in Sumner County all her life. She married W.A. Harrison, a Presbyterian minister in Gallatin. The portrait descended to the consignor through one of Eliza's four brothers, Dr. William R. Tomkins (1837-1887). The artist is unknown and may have been an itinerant painter passing through the area. CONDITION: Original canvas with light to moderate craquelure and stretcher creases. See black light image: significant inpainting and overpainting to left side sleeve and arm as well as girl's face and neck. Patterned marking above book on sitter's right evident with black light. Professionally cleaned.
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