Circa 1850 oval half length portrait of a little girl in a blue dress, holding a bouquet of flowers, with lush landscape in the background. Scratched inscription en verso, on stretcher, reads "By Washington Cooper Verifed TN Museum" (Washington Bogart Cooper (Tennessee, 1802-1888)). However, characteristics of the painting including the elongated arms, sloping shoulders, face, and hands of the subject share similarities to works by other Tennessee painters such as Washington Cooper's brother William Browning Cooper (1811-1900), and William Stamms Shackleford (Kentucky/Tennessee, 1814-1878). Provenance: descended in the William Wesley Dillon (1866-1934) family of Nashville. 30" x 24-1/2". American, circa 1850. Condition: Original canvas and stretcher. Six areas of possible regluing or reinforcement visible from back but not from front. 1/2" tear and 2 areas of abrasions/flaking to background in upper left quadrant, overall cracquelure, 1/8" flake affecting subject's neck.
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