OIL ON CANVAS PAINTINGS OF CONFEDERATE CAPTAIN JOHN W. WILLIAMSON & VIRGINIA WILLIAMSON

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These fine gold framed paintings are of a man in a Confederate officer’s uniform and his wife. There is writing on the back of the canvas of the painting of lady that identifies her as, “MRS. VIRGINIA WILLIAMSON, FROM DAGUERROETYPE BY K.V. ANDERSON, 1865”. The man’s portrait has the same information about the photographer, but no identification. Upon checking the soldier records and Find a Grave, we believe him to be Captain John William Williamson. These records will accompany this purchase. John W. Williamson enlisted as a Private at an unknown date, then was later commissioned into Co. “D”, 1st North Carolina Infantry on April 30, 1863, where he was immediately promoted to 1st Lieutenant. On June 11, 1863, he was promoted to Captain. He was wounded and hospitalized on May 18, 1864 then returned to service on July 17, 1864.  He also had service in 13th North Carolina Troops Field & Staff, also known as 3rd North Carolina Infantry.

Virginia Williamson has her dark hair parted in the center, pulled back into a hair net with tassel, and has blue eyes. She is wearing a dark colored evening dress with lace trim at the short sleeves. She is adorned with seed a pearl necklace, brooch and earrings, very similar to the set that Mary Todd Lincoln wore to the first Lincoln inaugural ball. The President purchased a similar necklace and matching bracelet set for her in 1862. It was designed and sold at Tiffany’s in New York City, and it is very possible that this set came from Tiffany’s as well. At this period in America, seed pearl jewelry was at the height of its popularity for formal occasions.

Captain Williamson has short dark hair, a fashionable moustache and brown eyes. He is wearing a double breasted Confederate frock coat with three gold stripes at the collar, indicating the rank of Captain.

Frames each measure 19 ½” x 22 ¾”. They are made of wood that has been painted with a marbled gold design. Painted canvas inside of frame measures 13 ¾” x 16 ¾”. Frames are solid and in very good condition for their age, with small nicks and scratches scattered all over. Biggest flaw is a chip at the bottom right corner of the gentleman’s portrait.  Strings are mounted on the back for hanging purposes.  [sm]

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