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Portrait #1742
Subject/Title:
Topp, Mr. Robertson
1807-1876
Artist:Unknown
Date Created:1850
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:
Image Dimensions:18 x 22
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:31 March 2008
Condition:Good

Description:Bust-length of young-looking man with dark curly hair wearing a dark coat, white vest, and white stand-up collared shirt banded at the neck by a loose white tie. He is looking directly at the viewer, and his eyes are a bright blue.
History of Work:Painted by an unknown artist in 1850.
Notes:Born April 20, 1807 in Davidson County, Tennessee, son of John Topp and Comfort (Everitt) Topp. Married Elizabeth Little Vance, daughter of Samuel Vance and Elizabeth (Brown) Vance of Clarksville, Tennessee, on April 27. 1837. Lawyer; poineer railroad promoter and large land owner; early benefactor of Memphis, where he moved after his marriage. Built and owned the Gayoso Hotel in Memphis. Died June 13, 1876 in Memphis; buried in Elmwood Cemetery.

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