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Colonel Elijah Rice

1839 John Wood Dodge Born: New York, New York 1807 Died: Pomona, Tennessee 1893 watercolor on ivory image: sight 2 1/2 x 2 in. (6.4 x 5.2 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Blackford 1973.40 Not currently on view


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Colonel Elijah Rice invested heavily in sugar cane in Cuba, as a thriving part of the slave trade before the Civil War. His life ended in tragedy when he and all but one of his fourteen children died of consumption in Cuba. His widow, with her surviving daughter, Amanda, returned to Huntsville, Alabama, where John Wood Dodge painted this piece. The locket has elaborate hairwork on the reverse.

Keywords

Portrait male - Rice, Elija - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About John Wood Dodge

Born: New York, New York 1807 Died: Pomona, Tennessee 1893

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