National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in Tennessee















Portrait #760
Subject/Title:
Donelson, Mary Purnell
Artist:Cooper, William Brown(low?)
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 an older woman dressed in a white bonnet with ruffles around her face. The bonnet also has a dark ribbon encircling it. Her cheeks are hollowed and the flesh around her mouth has contracted to suggest that some of her teeth are missing, although this cannot be confirmed. Her right hand, the only one visible, rests across the front of her body, dressed in black.
History of Work:This photograph is the only record of one of a number of paintings stolen from Cleveland Hall, Easter weekend 1986. It was painted when the subject was 84 so the creation date could be established with some research.
Notes: The subject came to Middle Tennessee as a newlywed on the boat Adventure with her husband Capt. John Donelson III (see portrait #758).

From the Nashville Whig, December 2, 1848: Mary Purnell Donelson died November 16, 1848 at age 86. She was born May 18, 1763 at Snow Hill, Maryland.

HOME | ABOUT THE PROJECT | CONTACT US | INDEX | INSTITUTION COLLECTIONS
HOW TO PARTICIPATE | NEW PORTRAITS