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Portrait of Angeline Wildey Dixon (1817 - 1903)

circa 1850-1860
35 3/4 x 28 1/2 in. (90.8 x 72.4 cm)

Jefferson Gauntt
American (1806 - 1864)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. George B. Penny
Accession Number: 1952.35
Location: Currently on view
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Angeline Wildey Dixon, born circa 1817 - died Feb. 26, 1903 (Tarrytown, NY)

Hiram, Angeline and daughter, Sophia Josephine Dixon portraits are not signed or dated. We believe all three were painted by the same artist, Jefferson Gauntt. The Dixon family’s life dates have been obtained through research. Based on these dates we speculate the portraits were painted between 1840 and 1860. The Dixon family lived north of New York City, first in Hudson, NY and then in Tarrytown, NY.

Although painted separately, Mr. and Mrs. Dixon appear to share a couch against a large window through which an elaborate landscape can be seen. Both are dressed in stylish and sophisticated attire. It was considered poor taste for men to wear much jewelry; instead, their wives displayed the family’s wealth. Angeline Dixon wears four gold rings and a bracelet with carved black stones. As popular hairstyles of the time covered the ears, earrings fell out of fashion for a time and the hand became the center of interest. Her cameo brooch, carved from shell, is attached to a gold chain with a pendant or watch fob similar to the one worn by her husband.

Excerpted from installation text, Oct. 2010
Colleen Piccone, Curatorial Dept.

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