Portrait of Hiram Westley Dixon (1817- 1888)
35 3/4 x 28 1/2 in. (90.8 x 72.4 cm)
(1806 - 1864)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mrs. George B. Penny
Location: Currently on view
Hiram Wesley Dixon, Born circa 1817- died Dec. 1, 1888 (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.
Tombstone, Oct. 2010, Colleen Piccone
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. Hiram W. Dixon was the owner of a hardware store in Hudson. In 1856, Mr. Dixon was elected a messenger of the Electoral College to carry the vote to Washington. A newspaper article reported that each year he “predicted the election returns and his selections were as predictable as the Gallup polls.” In 1864, he was a director of The First National Bank of Hudson and in 1866, appointed postmaster of the Hudson post-office.
In 1866, the family became members of the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in Hudson. Mr. Dixon was also involved in real estate and insurance in Tarrytown where there is a street named for him.
Text Panel, Oct. 2010, Colleen Piccone