National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in Tennessee

Portrait #1871

Label for Frame

Campbell, Alexander William, Mrs. (Anne Dixon Allen) (1833-1916)
Artist: Cooper, Washington Bogart, 1802-1889, painter. (attributed to) or Cooper, William Brown, 1811-1900, painter. (attributed to)
Date Created:ca. 1855-1860
Owner/Location: Private Collection in Tennessee
Frame Dimensions:
Image Dimensions:Oval: 25 x 30 in.
Materials/Media:Oil on Canvas
Date Documented:22 June 2012


Documentation on Subject provided on attached handwritten note.

Label from back of replacement oval frame.

Discrepancy in year of death.

Description: Bust length portrait of woman with body facing slightly right and head turned to look to the left (viewer's right). Her dark hair is parted in the middle and drawn back above her ears with cascading curls visible behind her right ear. She is wearing a dark, off-the-shoulder, black dress with white lace bordering the top of the bodice, and she has a bright red wrap draped over her left shoulder.
History of Work: Mrs. Campbell was painted twice by Cooper, the first time was before her marriage and the second time was after her marriage. This portrait was painted after her marriage. This painting, which is a companion to the portrait of Brig. Gen. Alexander William Campbell (IAP record number: 81770063), was formerly attributed to an unknown artist.

References: National Society of Colonial Dames, Tennessee, "Portraits in Tennessee Painted Before 1866," 1964, pg. 18.
Nelson, David, 2008, 2010.
Michael Hall Antiques and Fine Art, 2010

Note: The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.

Repository: Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum, P.O. Box 37012, MRC 970, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012

Control Number: IAP 81770064

Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Tarwater, J. L., Mrs., Harriman, Tennessee; Dr. David Nelson, Alabama

Control Number: IAP 81770203
Notes: Born Sept. 13, 1833, the only daughter of Tillman Dixon Allen and Louisa (Gibbs) Allen of Smith County, Tennessee. Married Brig. Gen. Alexander William Campbell of Jackson, Tennessee in 1852. Her father died at the age of twenty-six, after which her mother married the father of Alexander William Campbell, John Wesley Campbell. They all lived in Jackson, Tennessee. She died on March 30, 1916.