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Portrait #72
Subject/Title: Graves, William Jordan
Artist:Unknown
Date Created:1835-1841*
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:62 x 52
Image Dimensions:50.25 x 40
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Date Documented:6/11/2003
Condition:Excellent

Description:Seated, knee-length slightly right-turned profile of a man in a black formal attire, holding a rolled sheaf of papers in his left hand. His right and arm hand rest on a table beside the red chair in which he is sitting. A view of the U.S. Capitol is visible outside the red swaged curtain draped window.
History:Restored by Cumberland Art Conservation in the 1980s. *Sitter was Kentucky Representative to the U.S. Congress during these years, so it is assumed that this dates the creation of the work.
Notes:Sitter killed Jonathan Cilley, U.S. Rep. from Maine, in a duel, which gave rise to legislation making dueling illegal. See documentation in the file. He was married to Emily Henderson Graves and his son is also in this collection, Isham Henderson Graves.

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