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Lot 183

Samuel Shaver, O/C Portrait of Frances Rogers Walker, TN

Estimate: $4,400 - $4,800

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Samuel Shaver (Tennessee, 1816-1878) oil on canvas portrait of Frances Grantham Rogers Walker of Rogersville, Tennessee (1795-1883/85; wife of Hugh Kelso Walker). Mrs. Walker is depicted seated in a chair before a drape with a detailed, mountain and river landscape, likely Hawkins County, TN, visible beyond. To her right is a vase of flowers and a bowl of fruit, and her left hand rests on a book. She is attired in a black dress with lace cap, neck covering, and black brooch. Housed in a simple wood frame. Sight: 42" H x 32 1/4" W Framed: 43 1/4" H x 33 1/4" W.

Literature: Prentiss Price, "Samuel Shaver: Portrait Painter." East Tennessee Historical Society's Publications no. 24 (1952), 105. 

Biography of the sitter: Frances Rogers Gaines Walker was born in Rogersville, TN in 1795. She was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Amis Rogers, early residents and founders of Rogersville. She was briefly married to James Taylor Gaines from 1816-1821 and married Hugh Kelso Walker in 1830. They had four children together.

Artist Biography: Portraitist Samuel M. Shaver was born in Sullivan County, the son of David Shaver and Catherine (Barringer) Shaver. He may have been influenced by William Harrison Scarborough (1812-1871), a native-born Tennessee artist, four years Shaver’s senior, who did portraits of Shaver’s relatives. Shaver’s earliest known painting dates to 1845, but he was probably painting before that time. For the next quarter-century, he was East Tennessee’s standard portraitist. In 1851 Shaver was a professor of drawing and painting at the Odd Fellows Female Institute in Rogersville. In 1852 he advertised in Greeneville and Knoxville papers; for several years thereafter his whereabouts are unknown. The death of his first wife in January 1856 recalled him to Rogersville, where he remained until the Civil War. At the outset of the war, Shaver moved to Knoxville, where he became one of the founders of the East Tennessee Art Association. From 1863 to 1868 Shaver lived and worked near Russellville. About 1868 he joined his mother-in-law and family in Jerseyville, Illinois, near St. Louis, where he continued painting. He died June 21, 1878. Source: James C. Kelly, Virginia Historical Society)

PROVENANCE: By direct descent through the Rogers and Walker families; see other related lots from this historic family in this auction. 


Overall very good condition. Professionally conserved in 1980. Painting was removed from the original stretchers and relined. A copy of the conservator's examination and recommended treatment report is available to the winning bidder. Repair with inpainting to tree's branches at left, 1 1/2" x 1/2". With scattered, pinpoint retouches throughout.


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By direct descent through the Rogers and Walker families; see other related lots from this historic family in this auction.