|Title||Mrs. Phillip Clayton|
|Medium||oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||H-29.125 W-24.25 inches|
|Provenance||By descent to Mrs. Philip A. Clayton's family.|
|Credit line||Gift of Mrs. Mary Beall Fuller.|
George Cooke was born in St. Mary's County, Maryland. He taught himself to paint by copying other portraits and began his itinerant career in 1821. Based principally in Washington, D.C., he traveled throughout the South in search of portrait commissions. Between 1842 and 1843, Cooke found patrons in several Georgia cities, including Athens, Columbus, Dahlonega, Milledgeville and Macon.
Elizabeth Ann Williamson married Philip Augustin Clayton in 1828. By 1835, they were living in Columbus, where he served in the Columbus Guards. The oval format, drapery, sunset and architecture in the background are typical of portraits of the time. The inclusion of the lady's eyeglasses is an unusual feature.
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