John Wood Dodge (1807-1893, working Nashville 1840-1861), watercolor on ivory miniature portrait of a woman with dark hair, wearing a black dress and star shaped brooch. Inscribed on back: "Painted by John W. Dodge from New York City / Nashville, Tenn. August 20, 1840. Likeness of Mrs. Baker." In gold oval frame with engine-turned decoration to back and original velvet lined leather case. 2-3/4" x 2-1/4". Originally from New York, John Wood Dodge worked as a portrait painter in Nashville from 1840-1861, painting the likenesses of many of the city's most prominent and wealthy citizens. His account book, which survives for the years 1828-1854, lists "Mrs. Baker" as one of his earliest Nashville subjects. A copy of the Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Spring 2000, which contains an article by Raymond White about John Wood Dodge and lists "Mrs. Baker" among his subjects, accompanies this lot. Provenance: Private Middle Tennessee collection. Condition: Slight warping to ivory background. Glass has been detached from frame but is in good condition as is the image itself. Condition: Slight warping to ivory background. Glass has been detached from frame but is in good condition as is the image itself.
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