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First Baptist Church - Nashville, Tennessee

Portrait #1844

Served as Pastor from 1822 until 1825
Subject/Title:
Dabbs, Richard
Artist:Unknown
Date Created:Prior to 1825
Owner/Location:First Baptist Church
108 7th Ave S.
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 664-6000
www.firstbaptistnashville.org
Frame Dimensions:14 x 29 (with enclosed narrative)
Image Dimensions:9 1/2 x 8
Materials/Media:Oil on Canvas original - as submitted, photograph of the original painting
Date Documented:16 February 2012
Condition:Poor

Description:Full front view of the upper torso. Subject dressed in period coat, vest, tie, and white shirt.
History of Work:Unknown, records of the painting are lot on file in the archives of the First Baptist Church ... likeness supplied by a Dabbs family member.
Notes:Reverend Dabbs was the first minister of the Baptist Church of Nashville (now the First Baptist Church) serving from January 1822 until May 1825. Under his leadership, the congregation erected an impressive building at 615 Church Street in downtown Nashville which is the current location of the main branch of the Public Library of Nashville and Davidson County. Pastor Dabbs died in May of 1825 and was buried on his family farm which is now the site of the Nashville International Airport. In 1952, his body was re-interred in the historic Nashville City Cemetery.

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