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Object Name Painting
Title Mrs. Phillip Clayton
Artist Cooke, George
Date 1843
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.
Accession Number G.1960.62
On view: yes
Label information 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.
Search Terms Alabama Artist
Georgia Artist
Itinerant Artist
New Orleans
Regional Artists
Columbus Resident
Subjects Portrait
Figure (Female)
Clothing and Dress