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Portrait #1863
Subject/Title:
Chilton, William Parish (1810-1871)
Artist: Shackleford, William S., 1815-1878, painter. (attributed to)
Date Created:ca. 1829-1830
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:
Image Dimensions:38.5 x 23.5 in.
Materials/Media:Oil on Canvas
Date Documented:28 May 2012
Condition:Excellent

Description: Bust length likeness of subject with his torso facing slightly right and his eyes turned to look directly at the viewer. His hair is short and dark and is combed directly back from his forehead and above his ears. His coat and tie are black; his shirt is white; and there is a red drape and tassel in the background to his right, hanging in front of a likeness of a column.
History of Work: 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 9E230009
Current owner acquired from Michael Hall Antiques, Nashville, Tennessee
Notes: William Parish Chilton, a native of Athens, Tennessee, was Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, and he served in the U.S. Congress and in the Confederate Congress as a member from Talladega, Alabama. Chilton County, Alabama was named in his honor in 1874. He was married to the former Mary Morgan.

It is thought that his portrait and that of Mrs. Chilton were "marriage portraits," painted within the year of their marriage, and before they later moved from Athens, Tennessee to Talladega, Alabama. 


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