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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. ", "Dedication" : "Gift of Mrs. George B. 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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 ", "Dedication" : "Gift of Mrs. George B. 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We are happy to reunite her with her parents, Hiram and Angeline Dixon, whose portraits were conserved in 2008 through the Henry Luce Foundation American Art Conservation Grant. This is the first time that MAG has exhibited the portraits together as a family. They were given to the Gallery by Sophia Josephine’s daughter, Mrs. George B. Penny. The Dixons’ daughter, Sophia Josephine, holds her pet goldfinch on a string, illustrating her patience and nurturing nature in training a wild bird as her pet. Her white dress with blue ribbon sash, lace pantaloons and straw hat are those of a well-bred young girl from a successful American family. In the early nineteenth century, girls were generally depicted in domestic settings. By 1831, however, “The Mother’s Book” by Lydia Child argued that girls as well as boys would benefit from open air and should be allowed to play outside. The Dixon family lived north of New York City, first in Hudson, NY and then in Tarrytown, NY. 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