William E. Dickson

  • Raphaelle Peale, William E. Dickson, ca. 1815, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund, 1944.3.32

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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.

Title
William E. Dickson
Artists
Date
ca. 1815
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 2 1/8 x 1 3/4 in. (5.4 x 4.3 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Dickson, William E. – bust
Object Number
1944.3.32
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