National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in Tennessee















Portrait #113
Subject/Title: Gordon, (Capt.) William
Artist: Earl, Ralph E.W. or William Edward West (?)
Date Created:ca. 1836-1837
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:36 x 32
Image Dimensions:30 x 24
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Date Documented:6/11/2003
Condition:Good

Description: Waist-length nearly frontal view of a military officer in uniform of dark blue trimmed in gold. Jacket has 2 rows of eight gold buttons, epaulets and a high gold collar. A gold cord surrounds his neck and drapes down his right chest to attach to a button on his left breast, from which hang decorative ovals that reach his gold waist sash.  He has brown eyes, a full head of dark hair, and is turned slightly to viewer's right.
History:Work was painted in Columbia, TN
Notes:Sitter was born in Nashville ca. 1798. He was commissioned in the Dragoons on 6/8/1836 and he died ca. 1842. He was a fur trader by profession.

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