National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Portrait #944
Subject/Title:
Bruner, Ethel Smith Gaines
Artist:Wiley, Eleanor McAdoo
Date Created:mid 1920s
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:approx 4' x 4 1/2'
Image Dimensions:
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:1 October 2007
Condition:Good

Description:Nearly full-length portrait of a young woman seated in an upholstered, wood-trimmed armchair and wearing a gray full-length dress with matching jacket. The three-quarter sleeves of the jacket are edged in thick lace, and the subject's dark hair is parted on the right. She is gazing toward her left, and her body position follows that line left slightly.
History of Work:While Eleanor Wiley was not as prolific as her sister, Catherine Wiley, both were gifted artists. They each painted many commissioned oil portraits during a culturally rich period in Knoxivlle from the late teens through the 1920s. This particular Eleanor Wiley portrait of Ethel Gaines is exquisite.
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