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 hair 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. http://www.thenashvillecitycemetery.org/110044_castleman.htm

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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