Catherine Douglas Dickson
ca. 1818 Raphaelle Peale Born: Annapolis, Maryland 1774 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1825 watercolor on ivory 2 5/8 x 2 1/4 in. (6.8 x 5.6 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1944.3.33 Not currently on view
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Catharine Dickson (1802-1870) was the daughter of William E. Dickson, Greeneville, Tennessee’s first postmaster. Her miniature may have been painted to celebrate her impending marriage to Dr. Alexander Williams (1793-1852) of Surrey, North Carolina, an ancestor of the playwright Tennessee Williams. The inscription within this miniature states that the likeness was “taken when 16 years old by Rembrandt Peele [sic].” That attribution has changed, awarding this miniature to Rembrandt’s brother Raphaelle.
Portrait female - Dickson, Katherine Douglas - bust
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor