National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in Tennessee















Portrait #1562
Subject/Title:
Eakin, Mrs. John Hill
Artist:Newman, Willie Betty
(1863-1935)
Date Created:1927
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:48 x 36
Image Dimensions:47 x 35
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:22 August 2008
Condition:Excellent

Description:Impressionistic three-quarter length painting of the subject facing slightly right, but with her head turned to look directly at the viewer. Her hair is short and gray, and she is wearing a short-sleeved v-neck black dress with a white lacy insert on the bodice and a yellow flower pin just below it. She is holding a filmy scarf or stole in both hands, and her hands are barely visible in front of her because of the scarf. There is a table to her right holding a vase filled with yellow flowers.
History of Work:
Notes:Elizabeth Rhodes Atchison, daughter of Thomas and Ophelia Clifton Atchison, was born in Nashville in 1858. In 1882, she married banker John Hill Eakin. They had no children. When she was widowed in 1904, she turned her full attention to the welfare and beautification of her home town. During the 1926 Sesquicentennial of Philadelphia, she was elected as "the outstanding living Tennessee woman in the field of civics." Mrs. Eakin died in 1936 and was buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

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