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Portrait #282
Subject/Title: Dunn, Mrs. William Dixon
Artist:Cooper, W. B.
Date Created:1850
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:39 x 34
Image Dimensions:28 x 23
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Date Documented:12/8/2003
Condition:Excellent

Description:Oval waist-length of a young woman with dark brown hair, parted in the middle and pulled back to cover all of her ears except her left ear lobe. She is wearing an off-the-shoulder dark red gown, trimmed in transparently painted lace at the low neckline and on the sleeves. The background is a soft olive green. "W. B. Cooper" is prominent on the right side of the work.
History:The portrait descended in family hands to the current owner. Cleaned ca. 1994 by Lilly Steele, apprenticed under Cynthia Stowe of Cumberland Art Conservation.
Notes:Sophia Louise Horton, daughter of Joseph White Horton & Sophia Western Davis Horton, was born in Nashville in 1828. She married Col. William Dixon Dunn in 1848. They lived in Mobile, Alabama, where Mrs. Dunn died in 1871.

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