National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Portrait #1705
Subject/Title:
McDonald, Eloise Gordon
Artist:Westfield, Max
Date Created:1946
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:39 x 33
Image Dimensions:32 x 26 1/2
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:2008
Condition:Excellent

Description:Waist-length of subject facing three-quarter right with her eyes turned to look directly at the viewer. Her wedding dress has a scoop neck with layers of lace accenting the neckline and shoulders. The sleeves are long, and the bodice is cut princess-style and banded with what appears to be ribbons. Her auburn hair is worn in an upsweep, and she is wearing no jewelry.
History of Work:Subject commissioned the portrait in 1946 painted in her wedding dress - Given to her son Hunter McDonald Jr. at her death, then given by her grandson to his daughter Clara McDonald Milligan.
Notes:Mrs. Mcdonald was born at Cross Bridges in Maury County in 1867, daughter of Richard Cross Gordon and Mary Camp Webster. Subject died 2 September 1952, internment Rose Hill Cemetery in Columbia, Tennessee. Married 1892 - graduated from the old Columbia Institute in Columbia, Tennessee.

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