Description: The portrait shows a graceful young woman seated beneath a red drape, with a view of a house over her left shoulder. She appears to be in young middle age and wears a cameo and lace collar and cuffs.
Historical Note: This painting depicts Susan Penniman Dickinson (1823-1846) of Massachusetts, who married Knoxville businessman and transplanted New England native, Perez Dickinson, in 1845. A substantial two-story white house is shown in the background. This may have been a posthumous portrait, since Susan Dickinson died from complications of childbirth in August 1846. Artist Samuel Shaver, who moved to Knoxville in 1859 from Rogersville, is known to have painted portraits of a number of distinguished East Tennessee individuals.
Institution: McClung Historical Collection, Knox County Public Library
Publisher: Digital Initiatives, James E. Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University
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