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Metro Davidson County Collection - Nashville Public Library


Portrait #878
Subject/Title:
Tannehill, Eliza Dewees (1789-1843)
Artist:Willett, Frances Elizabeth Bayless (1840-1924)
Date Created:ca. 1914
Owner/Location:Special Collections Division
Nashville Public Library
615 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219
Frame Dimensions:34 x 31
Image Dimensions:
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:6 August 2007
Condition:Excellent

Description:Eliza Tannehill in late middle age, wearing a bonnet tied in a bow at the neck and a dark dress with a large collar. She is seated on a red chair.
History of Work:Presented to the library in January 1966 by Tannehill's great-grandson Wilkins Tannehill Bayless. The portrait was painted by a family member, Frances Elizabeth Bayless Willett, around 1914 and modeled after the original done by Washington B. Cooper around 1840.  The original is in the collection of the Tennessee State Museum and a photographic print is at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
Notes:Eliza Dewees Tannehill was born in 1789 in Kentucky and died in 1843 in Nashville. She married Wilkins Tannehill in 1810.

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