National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in Tennessee















Portrait #758
Subject/Title:
Donelson, (Capt.) John III
Artist:Earl, Ralph E. W.
Date Created:unknown
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:NA
Image Dimensions:10 x 8
Materials/Media:photographic print on paper
Date Documented:12/6/2005
Condition:Good

Description:Black and white copy of a man with white hair, waist-length frontal view. Hair is just below the ears and wavy at that point. His eyes are light-colored and his shirt white. A leaf-shaped object (?) is at the bottom center of the frame.
History of Work:This photograph is the only record of an original by Earl. It is one of a number of paintings stolen from Cleveland Hall, Easter weekend 1986. The original was painted when the subject was 72, so the date of the work could be established.
Notes:The subject was the son of Colonel John Donelson II, the captain of the boat Adventure that was a beginning of pioneer settlement in Nashville. Subject married Mary Purnell Donelson (see portrait #760.

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