National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in Tennessee















Portrait #1655
Subject/Title:
Murfree, Fanny Noailles
Artist:Cooper, William
Date Created:early 1780s
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:42 x 33
Image Dimensions:38 1/2 x 29 3/4
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:2008
Condition:Excellent

Description:Infant in Christening Dress--note portrait of her brother, William Hardy Murfree, painted in same dress. Subject holding a rose and a straw hat with a ribbon. Portrait painted in Murfreesboro, North Carolina, which was originaly known as Murfree's Landing. Behind Melrose, her parents' home, on the Meridian River was a sailboat landing with access to the Atlantic Ocean (thus Murfree's Landing). Portrait has a sailboat in the background.
History of Work:Portrait has come down through the Murfree family.
Notes:Subject born in Murfreesboro, North Carolina in 1783. She died at Grantlands, the plantation home she built in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 1843. It is said she brought the first piano to the state of Tennessee. She was married to David Dickinson of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Her son, David Dickinson, was a United States Congressman from the eighth district. Her daughter married John Bell of Tennessee who was speaker of the US House of Representatives and ran against Abraham Lincoln for US President.

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