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Circa 1830 bust length portrait of a woman, possibly Tennessee, with brown eyes and dark hair. Tentative attribution to John Grimes (Kentucky/Tennessee/Alabama, 1804-1837). The subject is depicted with upswept curls and wearing a sheer white ruffled collar and black dress, with small gold earrings, and seated in a red chair. Board on back of frame has out of period writing "Davidson Co. Tennessee." 24" x 20" sight, 32" x 28" in wide cove molded giltwood frame. Provenance: private Alabama collection. Biography: Kentucky-born John Grimes trained with Matthew Jouett and came to Nashville in about 1829, the same time Ralph Earl was departing for Washington, DC with his friend Andrew Jackson, who had been elected President. Grimes seems to have stepped in to Earl's role as the "go-to" painter for wealthy Middle Tennesseans desiring to have their likenesses painted, until about 1836, when he moved to Huntsville shortly before his untimely death in 1837. (Source: Edward Pattillo, Alabama Heritage, No. 63, Winter 2002). CONDITION: Heavy craquelure with stretcher creases evident. Scattered losses with inpainting across bottom, largest 3 1/2" L. Minor inpainting to sitter's hair left side. Area of possible overpainting left corner.