National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in Tennessee
















Metro Davidson County Collection - Nashville Public Library


Portrait #877
Subject/Title:
Claxton, Mary Hannah Johnson (1879-1955)
Artist:Williams, Richard
Date Created:unknown
Owner/Location:Special Collections Division
Nashville Public Library
615 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219
Frame Dimensions:40 x 22
Image Dimensions:
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:6 August 2007
Condition:Excellent

Description:Mary Hannah Johnson shown standing in front of a large painting. She is wearing a floor-length burgundy dress trimmed with lace at the neckline and sleeves. She is also wearing a very large hat with burgundy feathers. Her right hand is holding her long necklace, and she appears to be wearing a gold bracelet on her left wrist.
History of Work:unknown
Notes:A native of Nashville, Tennessee, and an active suffragette, Mary Hannah Johnson began and developed the free library system in Nashville and built cooperation with the public schools. She served as the first librarian at Nashville's Carnegie Library, from ca. 1904 to 1912. In April 1912, Johnson married American educator Philander Priestly Claxton. She died in Washington, DC in 1955.

HOME | ABOUT THE PROJECT | CONTACT US | INDEX | INSTITUTION COLLECTIONS
HOW TO PARTICIPATE | NEW PORTRAITS