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Portrait #1544
Subject/Title:
Harrison, Anne Bennett Briggs
Artist:Lundegren, Mlle.
Date Created:ca. 1880
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:39 x 34
Image Dimensions:29 x 24
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented: July 2008
Condition:Good

Description:Lady with brown hair and brown eyes, in red velvet dress trimmed with white lace at the neckline and sleeves, black enamel cross at neckline, black enamel and gold earring, and gold bracelet.
History of Work:Mlle. Lundegren was a French lady who boarded with several families in Franklin and who made a living painting portraits of prominent people.
Notes:Subject was the second child of Isaac Wilkins Briggs and Dolly Madison Bennett Briggs and was born 20 February 1836 in Williamson County, Tennessee. Subject died 20 June 1922. She married James William Harrison 10 October 1869. They had no children and adopted Annie James Briggs, one of 6 children of her deceased brother, George Briggs. As reported in an article in the May 8, 1932 issue of The Nashville Banner, her escapades during the Civil War were legendary in aiding Confederate soldiers. She is described as an "unwritten heroine" of the period. Her home was used as a location for state-mandated secondary education from 1910 - 1927.

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