Attributed to Washington Bogart Cooper (Tennessee, 1809-1882), oil on canvas portrait of Mary Amis Goodwin Owen of Lebanon, Tennessee (b. Granville County, NC 1787-d. 1878, Lebanon, TN). Subject was the wife of a prominent Wilson County doctor, Dr. John Owen, and the mother in law of Tennessee's 14th Governor, William Bowen Campbell (1807-1867). Mrs. Owen is depicted seated in a chair, wearing a black dress with white collar and bonnet, holding a pair of gold spectacles. Unsigned; period inscription en verso: "Lebanon, Tennessee". Original giltwood molded frame. 29" x 36" sight, 37" x 44" framed. Provenance: Purchased by consignor in 2013 from Camp Bell, the historic Campbell home on Coles Ferry Pike in Lebanon, TN, where it descended in the subject's family. Note: A file of biographical/genealogical research on the subject accompanies this lot, including a photograph of a portrait of the subject's daughter, Frances Isabella "Fanny" Owen Campbell, who married Gov. Campbell; a photo of Mrs. Owen's antebellum home (the Dr. John Owen-Campbell Home, built in Lebanon 1848 and now on the National Register), and photos of the gravestones for Mrs. Owen and her husband, Dr. John Owen. Condition: Scattered craquelure and accretions, a few scattered minute fleabite sized flakes, one 3/4" tear to upper background, one 2" scratch to upper right quadrant, 1" area of tenting to lower right quadrant.
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