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Portrait Painting of Felix Robertson, Founder Nashville
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A large 19th Century Portrait Oil Painting of Dr. Felix Robertson (Tennessee, 1781 – 1865) Dr. Felix Robertson, a founder and two-time mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, and son of Tennessee founder General James Robertson.

Artist: Portrait is attributed to the renowned Tennessee portrait artist Washington Bogart Cooper (Tennessee, September 18, 1802 - March 30, 1888).

Further Description: Oil on relined canvas | Housed in a beautiful antique rococo style ornate gold gilded gesso wood frame | Approx. Dimensions: Canvas only: 29\" H x 24.25\" W;\" with frame: 45.50\" H x 38.25\" W x 5.50\" D.

Important Tennessee Provenance: The painting was owned by and directly descended through the longtime Nashville family of Confederate General Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, whose family had become intertwined with the Robertson family when his father married his mother, Elizabeth Davis Robertson, daughter of Jonathan Friar Robertson, the brother of the portrait\'s subject Felix Robertson, and son of General James Robertson. In other words, General Cheatham\'s grandfather on his mother\'s side was Dr. Felix Robertson. Moreover, Felix Robertson\'s granddaughter was Medora Cheatham, daughter of General Benjamin Franklin Cheatham (Medora was the honorary president-general of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).

About the Subject: Felix Robertson was born on January 11, 1781 at the Fort Freeland\'s Station, which was later commemorated as a neighborhood of Nashville. He was born to General James Robertson and his wife Charlotte Reeves, who had arrived with the first large group of settlers to Middle Tennessee. He was the first known white child born in the settlement now called Nashville, while his father is regarded as the \"Father of Tennessee\" in history books. Felix Robertson practiced medicine in Nashville for forty years. He served as Mayor of Nashville from 1818 to 1819 as well as from 1827–1829. He went on to work as a professor of medicine at the former University of Nashville. He served as director of the Medical Society of Tennessee from 1834 through 1840 and again in 1853 for two years. He was a close friend and personal doctor of President Andrew Jackson (1767–1845).[6] He worked on his 1828 presidential campaign. Robertson married Lydia Waters on October 9, 1808. They had seven children, one of which was James Waters, subject of the previous lot portrait. Felix died on July 10, 1865, and is buried in the Nashville City Cemetery, where his tombstone is inscribed with the epitaph "First white child born in settlement now called Nashville; Distinguished as a physician; Foremost as citizen."
Condition
Relined canvas. Spots of accretion (wax paper-like substance) on top varnish layer in scattered backgrounds, reversible with cleaning. Light craquelure. No holes, tears or undulations noticed to canvas. If Worthington's restoration department will be happy to clean and/or address any other issues as determined by the winning bidder for additional fees. Frame has some chipping to gesso (see photographs).
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Portrait Painting of Felix Robertson, Founder Nashville

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Feb 22, 2020
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0614I: Portrait Painting of Felix Robertson, Founder Nashville

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Est. $3,000 - $6,000Starting Price $500
Annual Winter Fine Art & Collectibles Auction
Feb 22, 2020 1:00 PM EST
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Lot 0614I Details

Description
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A large 19th Century Portrait Oil Painting of Dr. Felix Robertson (Tennessee, 1781 – 1865) Dr. Felix Robertson, a founder and two-time mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, and son of Tennessee founder General James Robertson.

Artist: Portrait is attributed to the renowned Tennessee portrait artist Washington Bogart Cooper (Tennessee, September 18, 1802 - March 30, 1888).

Further Description: Oil on relined canvas | Housed in a beautiful antique rococo style ornate gold gilded gesso wood frame | Approx. Dimensions: Canvas only: 29\" H x 24.25\" W;\" with frame: 45.50\" H x 38.25\" W x 5.50\" D.

Important Tennessee Provenance: The painting was owned by and directly descended through the longtime Nashville family of Confederate General Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, whose family had become intertwined with the Robertson family when his father married his mother, Elizabeth Davis Robertson, daughter of Jonathan Friar Robertson, the brother of the portrait\'s subject Felix Robertson, and son of General James Robertson. In other words, General Cheatham\'s grandfather on his mother\'s side was Dr. Felix Robertson. Moreover, Felix Robertson\'s granddaughter was Medora Cheatham, daughter of General Benjamin Franklin Cheatham (Medora was the honorary president-general of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).

About the Subject: Felix Robertson was born on January 11, 1781 at the Fort Freeland\'s Station, which was later commemorated as a neighborhood of Nashville. He was born to General James Robertson and his wife Charlotte Reeves, who had arrived with the first large group of settlers to Middle Tennessee. He was the first known white child born in the settlement now called Nashville, while his father is regarded as the \"Father of Tennessee\" in history books. Felix Robertson practiced medicine in Nashville for forty years. He served as Mayor of Nashville from 1818 to 1819 as well as from 1827–1829. He went on to work as a professor of medicine at the former University of Nashville. He served as director of the Medical Society of Tennessee from 1834 through 1840 and again in 1853 for two years. He was a close friend and personal doctor of President Andrew Jackson (1767–1845).[6] He worked on his 1828 presidential campaign. Robertson married Lydia Waters on October 9, 1808. They had seven children, one of which was James Waters, subject of the previous lot portrait. Felix died on July 10, 1865, and is buried in the Nashville City Cemetery, where his tombstone is inscribed with the epitaph "First white child born in settlement now called Nashville; Distinguished as a physician; Foremost as citizen."
Condition
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Relined canvas. Spots of accretion (wax paper-like substance) on top varnish layer in scattered backgrounds, reversible with cleaning. Light craquelure. No holes, tears or undulations noticed to canvas. If Worthington's restoration department will be happy to clean and/or address any other issues as determined by the winning bidder for additional fees. Frame has some chipping to gesso (see photographs).

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