National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Portrait #301
Subject/Title: Lewis, David Peter 1820-1884
Artist:Dodge, John Wood 1807-1893
Date Created:1840 January 24
Owner/Location:Cheekwood Museum of Art
Nashville, TN
Frame Dimensions:NA
Image Dimensions:2 3/8" x 1 7/8"
Materials/Media:watercolor on ivory
Date Documented:2/22/2004
Condition:Excellent

Description:Frame is original solid gold chased. Glass replaced by Wiebold.

Oval of a young man with fine-textured blond hair combed from his right to left. Right ear is almost hidden by the hair. His eyes are light-colored and his complexion smooth. Dressed in a black coat with one covered button showing, black buttoned vest, black tie and white shirt.
History:Paper inside says "Painted by / John W. Dodge / from New York City / Huntsville Alabama / Jany 24th 1840 / likeness of / David P. Lewis"

Exhibited Huntsville 1996; Gibbes 2000.

Illus. Southern Woman's Magazine, January 1917, page 21; Huntsville catalog; TN Historical Quarterly, Spring 2000 120
Notes:This miniature was given by Lewis to Miss Narcissa Sanders of Nashville (see file) when he was seeking her hand in marraige (unsuccessfully). He never married. She never married, and although she was born to great wealth, she died in poverty. He was an attorney and became Alabama's 23rd governor (1872-74), known as "The Reconstruction Governor."

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