National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Portrait #1665
Subject/Title:
Wendel, Susan
Artist:Cooper, W.
Date Created:ca. mid-1850s
Owner/Location:Private Collection
Frame Dimensions:46 x 39
Image Dimensions:35 x 28 1/2
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:2008
Condition:Excellent

Description:Young girl in an outdoor setting facing three-quarter left and wearing a cream-colored off-the-shoulder dress. Her feet are bare and she is holding a dark pink flower in her left hand while her right rests on a basket on the ground by her right side. Her blond hair is parted in the middle. The background features sky and clouds.
History of Work:Portrait has passed through the Wendel and Murfree families.
Notes:Subject was born ca. 1840. Daughter of Sara Keeble Wendel and David Deadrick Wendel. Her father held various city and county government positions. The family story is that she died of a fever during the Civil War and her mother refused to bury her until her husband came back to Murfreesboro to be present for her funeral and burial.

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