National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Portrait #1513
Subject/Title:
Gray, Susan
Eaton Walton
Artist:Flisher, Edith
Date Created:ca. 1935
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:51.5 x 41.5
Image Dimensions:43.5 x 33.5
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:July 2008
Condition:Good

Description:Three-quarter length portrait of subject seated in a pattern-upholstered armchair. She is facing three-quarter right with her head turned to look directly at the viewer. She is wearing a blue short-sleeved scoop-necked dress with filmy overlay on the sleeve and has a shawl of the same material crossing her lap and held by her left hand. She has a pearl three-strand choker and short necklace and pearl drop earrings with a matching bracelet on her left wrist. Her greying hair is short and curly. Her right arm is on the chair arm with her hand loosely falling over the end.
History of Work:This portrait hung at the Gray home on the SW corner of Bowling and West End and was given to Celia Gray Walton Edwards, her grandniece, where it was displayed at her home until her death in 2008. It was gifted to her nephew, the current owner.
Notes:Portrait of Susie Gray (Mrs. John Jefferson Gray) of Nashville, a noted philanthropist whose giving included major gifts to West End Methodist Church, Scarrett College and the 1941 rebuilding of the Beersheba Springs Hotel for use by the Methodist Church.

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