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Portrait #158
Subject/Title: Craig, Cornelius Abernathy
Artist:Hergesheimer, Ella Sophonisba
Date Created:1930-31
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:48 x 37
Image Dimensions:42 x 30
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Date Documented:7/2/2003
Condition:Excellent

Description:Knee-length nearly frontal standing of older man in grey business suit, white shirt, and red tie. A white handkerchief extends from his jacket breast pocket. His matching vest has five buttons and his gold watch chain falls between buttons four and five.  His left hand is in his pants pocket, and his right rests on a book.  He has straight silver hair and glasses
History:Commissioned by Cornelius Abernathy Craig, this hung at 405 Belle Meade Blvd. until 1986 when it was moved with Mrs. Henry . In 1990, upon the death of Mrs. Henry, it was moved to her grandson's.
It was cleaned by Cumberland Art Conservation in 1990.
A duplicate exists at the home of another descendant.  C. A. Craig, the subject, commissioned two identical portraits--simultaneously, one for each of his children.  One is now owned by his granddaughter and one by his great-grandson.
Notes:Sitter was born in 1868 and died in 1957.

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