National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in Tennessee















Portrait #259
Subject/Title: Gordon, Dorothea (Dolly) Cross
Artist:Unknown
Date Created:1819
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:40 x 35
Image Dimensions:29 x 25
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Date Documented:12/26/2003
Condition:Good

Description:Woman with dark straight hair parted in the center and pulled back under a lace bonnet that is tied under her left chin. She also has a lace collar on her black dress. Her eyes are dark in color. The overall tone of the portrait is dark in hue and the frame is decorated with garlands of fruit and flowers for the Christmas season, a tradition the owners keep.
History:
Notes:Subject (1779-1859) was married to John Gordon, "Captain of the Spies" for Andrew Jackson. When he was in Florida with Jackson, Dolly managed their trading post on the Natchez Trace. Their residence on the Trace, known as "Gordon House," is still there at mile marker 407.7. John Gordon was also the first postmaster in Nashville.

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