National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Portrait #107
Subject/Title: McAlister, Mrs. John II - (Frances Aiken Thompson)
Artist:Unknown
Date Created:ca. 1815
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:38 x 33.5
Image Dimensions:29 x 24.5
Materials/Media:oil on canvas
Date Documented:5/15/2003
Condition:Excellent

Description:Waist-length seated three-quarter right profile of a woman wearing a long-sleeve black dress that covers all of her torso, arms, and neck. Her right hand is visible in the center foreground. Sitting in a red, round-back chair, she is wearing a white bonnet with a black ribbon.
History:The work was given to the owner by Sheffield Clark, a descendant of John McAlister..

Sandor Bodo repaired smoke damage.
Notes:Frances was the daughter of John and Frances (Alexander) Aiken of Delaware. After the deaths of her first husband, Dr. David Thompson, and her parents, she moved to Jonesborough, Tennessee, where her brothers had settled. On December 25, 1800, she married John McAlister II.

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