William E. Dickson
ca. 1815 Raphaelle Peale Born: Annapolis, Maryland 1774 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1825 watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/8 x 1 3/4 in. (5.4 x 4.3 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund 1944.3.32 Not currently on view
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William Dickson (1775-1843) was Greeneville, Tennessee’s first postmaster. In 1815 he built a home for his only daughter, Catharine Douglas Dickson [see 1944.3.33], who married Dr. Alexander Williams. The house and its formal gardens were known as the “Showplace of East Tennessee,” and the family hosted such famous guests as Davy Crockett, the Marquis de Lafayette, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, and President James Polk. The house is now known as the Dickson-Williams Mansion, and is a museum open to the public.
Portrait male - Dickson, William E. - bust
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor