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Portrait #300
Subject/Title: Vassar, Mary (Mrs Matthew Vassar Jr.) W72
Artist:Dodge, Edward Samuel 1816-1857
Date Created:1841 August
Owner/Location:Cheekwood Museum of Art
Nashville, TN
Frame Dimensions:NA
Image Dimensions:2 1/2" x 2"
Materials/Media:watercolor on ivory
Date Documented:2/22/2004
Condition:Excellent

Description:Frame is Gilded chased copper, original.

Oval image of a woman with an elongated face accentuated by the draping brown curls that frame her face. She is wearing a dark blue dress and a rectangular locket.
History:Painted in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The full inscription on the back reads "Painted by Edward S. Dodge, Pokeepsie, N. Y. Aug 1841. Mrs M. Vassar Jr."

Exhibited Huntsville 1996; Gibbes 2000.

Illus. Huntsville Catatog; Tennessee Historical Quarterly, Spring, 2000
Notes:The subject's husband was the nephew of the Matthew Vassar who gave the money to found Vassar College. Matthew Vassar Sr had no children of his own.

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