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Portrait #55
Subject/Title: Unknown woman (miniature) - C20a
Artist:Hite, George H.
Date Created:1836
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:9 x 8.25
Image Dimensions:4.75 x 3.5
Materials/Media:oil on ivory
Date Documented:6/3/2003
Condition:Excellent

Description:Knee-length seated three-quarter left miniature of young woman with dark hair parted in the middle and worn up. She is wearing a blousy, low-cut dress with a shawl and holds a fan in her left hand. Her hands are in her lap. An elaborate background interior includes a red drape. The frame is dark wood and very elaborate.

Signed and dated on the backing paper: "Painted by Geo. H. Hite/Nashville/1836."
History:Purchased from Caldwell Galleries in upstate NY around 1975.

Hite is listed as a resident of a hotel on the Nashville City Square for 1832-1834 in a newspaper advertisement.

Exhibited in Tennessee State Museum's 1988 "Portrait Painting in Tennessee."
Notes:Permission to reproduce by request only.

This is companion piece to portrait #56, "Unknown Man."

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