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Portrait #1915
Subject/Title: Folsom, Sarah Ellen Taylor
Artist:Branson, Lloyd
Date Created:Summer 1873
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:29.5 x 26.5
Image Dimensions:24.5 x 21.5
Materials/Media: Oil on Canvas
Date Documented:10 February 2016
Condition:Excellent

Description:Portrait of a 25 year old married woman with long dark hair and wearing dark gray/black dress with white lace collar and gold brooch.
History:Lloyd Branson was a friend and classmate of Mrs. Folsom's brother Franklin Walter Taylor, at East Tennessee University, Knoxville. He was invited to the Taylor home, ""Greenwood"" at Russellville, Tennesse in the summer of 1873. The Taylors commissioned Branson to paint portraits of members of their family including themselves and at least four of their children, Catherine Ann Taylor, Sarah Ellen Taylor Folsom, William George Taylor, and Franklin Walter Taylor.
Notes:Mrs. Folsom (1848-1920) was the daughter of Franklin William and Eliza Jane Graham Taylor, Russellville, Tennessee and the wife of Major George Whitfield Folsom, Morristown, Tennessee.

The portrait of a brother and sister, F. W. Taylor and Catherine Ann Taylor (Miller), are in the possession of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection, Knox County Public Library and were displayed in a special Lloyd Branson exhibit, Celebrating a Life in Tennessee Art, Lloyd Branson (1853-1925), November 7, 2015-March 20, 2016.


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