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First Presbyterian Church - Nashville, Tennessee
Portrait #597
Subject/Title:
Hume, William
Artist:Earl, Ralph E. W.
Date Created:circa 1801
Owner/Location:First Presbyterian Church
Nashville, TN
Frame Dimensions:37 X 32 1/2
Image Dimensions:
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Date Documented:3/20/2005
Condition:Excellent

Description:Subject has dark hair combed forward and is wearing a black coat and ruffled/tucked shirt. Head and shoulders only are seen. He has blue eyes and sideburns that cover fron of ear above lobe, a sharp nose, and very thin lips.
History of Work:Plaque attached to portrait says "1770-1833" "Pioneer Presbyterian Minister" This portrait by Ralph E. W. Earl is thought to have been commissioned by Earl's patron, Andrew Jackson. It was presented to the church by a Hume nephew, John Knox Hume, in 1906.
Notes:The Rev. Hume came to the Cumberland settlement in 1801 sent by the Presbytery of Kirkaldy Scotland where he was a minister in the Secession Church of the Church of Scotland. A native of Dumfries, he had attended the University of Edinburgh. He was sent to the "leading outpost of the westward movement in the Cumberland County as a missionary to the natives." He was made pastor of the first Presbyterian church on December 2, 1801. He preached Rachel Jackson's funeral in 1828 at the Hermitage just before General Andrew Jackson left to go to Washington to become President.

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