National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Portrait #160
Subject/Title: Palmer, (Judge) Horace Edward
Artist:Newman, Willie Betty
Date Created:1920
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:34 x 29
Image Dimensions:29 x 24
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Date Documented:8/7/2003
Condition:Excellent

Description:Waist-length near frontal view of an older man wearing a dark business suit, soft white shirt and grey tie. His hair is silver, parted over his left eye and is wavy above the ears. He has a silver handlebar moustache.

Artist's signature in red on lower right.
History:Part of the Parthenon exhibiton: "A Passion for Paris: The Art of Willie Betty Newman."

Restored by Ned Crouch of Clarksville ca. 1990.
Notes:Horace Edward Palmer was born September 26, 1855 and died on June 11, 1912, in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee. He was the son of Brigadier General Joseph Benjamin Palmer (1825-1890) of Civil War fame and his wife, Ophelia Maria Burrus (1835-1856). Horace's mother died when he was just an infant. Gen. Palmer married next Margaret J. Ballentine Mason, widow of William Taylor Mason. Horace Edward married Willie Mason on May 15, 1879, his stepsister and daughter of Margaret J. Ballentine and William Taylor Mason.

Horace Edward Palmer became a Murfreesboro attorney and served as mayor of the town from 1885-1887. He was also a Judge in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and served as a State Court of Appeals Judge in Nashville. Subject is the owner's great-grandfather.

See also Portrait #4 for a younger portrait of this subject.


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