National Society of Colonial Dames of
America in Tennessee















Portrait #139
Subject/Title: Palmer, Margaret Ballentine Mason
Artist:Cooper, (Washington or William?)
Date Created:unknown
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:41 x 34
Image Dimensions:28 x 24
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Date Documented:7/31/2003
Condition:Excellent

Description:Oval waist-length three-quarter slightly right profile of awoman in a green velvet off-the- shoulder dress with short, full sleeves with white lining. Her right hand is raised toward her throat. Her black hair is parted in the middle and ringlets fall behind her ears almost to her shoulders. Her eyes are dark and wide-set. She wears no visible jewelry, although her left hand is out of the frame.
History:Work has been restored by Ned Crouch of Clarksville.
Notes:Subject lived in Pulaski, TN. She married William Taylor Mason and they lived in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Her second marriage was to Gen. Jospeh B. Palmer (whose daughter has his portrait). They lived on Main Street in Murfreesboro starting in 1869. Owner's sister, who resides in Greenwich, CT, has portrait of William Taylor Mason.

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