Early 19th century schoolgirl landscape theorem on velvet, depicting a large building with bell tower set atop a hill. It and several smaller buildings overlook a river, with three men in a boat loaded with barrels sailing past. Old note taped verso reads "For Minerva Evans Hoge. Painted by Minerva French Boyd while a student at the Moravian College in Winston Salem N.C. about the year 1820 – her great-great aunt." Later giltwood and composition molded frame with brown mat. 12" x 16" sight, 21" x 24" framed. Also included is a framed copy of an 1865 presidential pardon, granted by Andrew Johnson to another ancestor of Minerva Hoge, Joseph H. Hoge of Giles County, Virginia, for his participation in "the late rebellion against the government of the United States." 19" x 30", framed. Note: upon leaving school in Salem, Minerva French married Col. Thomas Jefferson Boyd of Albemarle County, Virginia, the law partner of her brother-in-law Judge David McComas. The couple lived in Evansham, Va., and Thomas Boyd helped lay out the town which would eventually come to be called Wytheville; in fact he became known as "The Father of Wytheville" due to his civic involvement (source: the Thomas Jefferson Boyd papers, Special Collections, Louisiana State University). Thomas and Minerva had several children, including David French Boyd, who moved to Louisiana and founded Louisiana State University. (Their son Thomas Duckett Boyd also served as President of that University). The scene depicted in the theorem has not been identified. It may show a building familiar to Minerva French which no longer exists, or may have been drawn from a print of the period depicting a faraway location. Condition: Velvet is adhered to acidic paperboard stock, which has caused some overall discoloration. Scattered tiny stains and areas of wear/loss. Losses to molding on frame.
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