National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Portrait #812
Subject/Title:
Castleman, Betty Kay
Artist:Unknown
Date Created:circa 1860
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:39 X 32
Image Dimensions:28 x 22
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Date Documented: 2007
Condition:Excellent

Description:The young woman is seen in an oval inner frame, head and shoulders with her left shoulder in the foreground and her head turned toward the viewer. Her haid is a slick dark brown, parted in the middle and pulled back into an elaborate arrangement on the back of her head. Her shoulders are bare; her dress or large outer stole appears to be a blue-green taffeta with a white shirred bodice beneath. The background is a red drape echoing the oval inner frame.
History of Work:
Notes:According to Mayors of Nashville Robert Bell Castleman (father of Betty Kay Castleman) was born in Davidson County on December 9, 1808. He was a son of Andrew and Margaret (Ewing) Castleman. He was married December 18, 1845 to Annie Elizabeth Wood. Children: Betty Kay, Sue, and James W. Castleman. Robert Bell Castleman served as mayor from 1855-56 - Whig. He died July 29, 1886 and was buried in Nashville City Cemetery.

Information on the descendants of Betty Kay's sister, Susan Castleman, can be found at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in the Ann Rankin papers http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/history/manuscripts/findingaids/173.pdf


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