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Portrait #919
Subject/Title:
Colby, Gardner (1810-1879)
Artist:Unknown
Date Created:unknown
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:2 3/4 x 3 1/4
Image Dimensions:2 1/2 x 3
Materials/Media:Oil on ivory
Date Documented:1 October 2007
Condition:Excellent

Description:Miniature in gold-colored metal frame. No doubt the work of an accomplished artist.
History of Work: Miniature was inherited by the present owner, a descendent of the subject.
Notes:Subject was born in Bowdenham, Maine; died in Boston, Massachusetts.

A successful businessman, he made a large donation to Waterville College, Waterville, Maine, during the Civil War, saving the school from bankruptcy. In gratitude, trustees changed the name to Colby College, now one of the top-ranked small schools in the U. S. Gardner Colby married Mary Lowe Roberts on 12 June 1836 in Gloucester, Massachusetts.


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