National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in Tennessee















Portrait #1653
Subject/Title:
Murfree, William Law
Artist:Cooper, William
Date Created:mid-1830s
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:38 x 33 1/2
Image Dimensions:29 1/2 x 24 2/3
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:2008
Condition:Excellent

Description:Portrait of the subject as a young man, wearing a half-smile and looking directly at the viewer. He is facing slightly left, wearing a dark coat over dark vest, white shirt, and black banded tie. His curly dark hair falls over his forehead.
History of Work:Portrait has passed down through the Murfree family.
Notes:Subject born in 1817 at his parents, William Hardy and Elizabeth Maney Murfrees, plantation near Franklin, Tennessee. He studed law at the University of Nashville. Subject married his first cousin, Fanney Priscilla Dickinson, both being grandchildren of Col. Hardy Murfree. The marriage occurred at Grantlands, the Dickinson's plantation in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which they both lived in until it was burned during the Civil War. Subject's daughter was the widely published authoress, Mary Noailes Murfree. Subject died in 1892.

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