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Portrait #76
Subject/Title: Graves, Emily Henderson
Artist:Unknown
Date Created:1835-1841*
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:62 x 52
Image Dimensions:50 x 40
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Date Documented:6/11/2003
Condition:Excellent

Description:Near full-length seated frontal view of a middle-aged woman in a long, formal white, off-the-shoulder dress with a lace shawl. Her left hand is raised to her chin, and her dark straight hair is parted in the middle and pulled back. Her face is slightly turned to the left to reveal a right profile.  She is seated in an eggplant colored chair and a summer landscape is visible out the window on the image's left side.
History:Restored by Cumberland Art Conservation in the 1980s.
*Sitter was married to Kentucky Representative to the U.S. Congress William Jordan Graves during these years, so it is assumed that this dates the creation of the work.
Notes: See documentation in the file. Sitter born 1/8/1810 and died 5/20/1875. She was the wife of of William Jordan Graves, portrait #72 and their son, Isham Henderson Graves, is also in this collection.

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