OVERTON, Mrs Jesse Maxwell (Sarah Gladys Cheney Williams [Saidee])

An anonymous Nashville cutting in the artist’s papers dated Saturday Evening, April 18, 1903 describes the picture as ‘…less than three-quarters in length and she will be represented in a white satin brocade, somewhat quaint and artistic in cut, with a garniture of real lace around a square neck and close fitting elbow sleeves.’ Bust length, oval, dressed in white with long string of pearls and a pink rose corsage. Oil on canvas, 23×19.5ins, signed lower right. Cut down perhaps?

Private Collection (See: Tennessee Portrait Project of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Tennessee and Tennessee State Museum Foundation).

The Nashville American, April 5, 1903
Town Topics, May 7, 1903.

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The sitter was born 21 March 1872 and died 17 October 1963.

Painted in April 1903.

Restored by Sandor Bodo in the 1980s.