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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 1957.3.707
Object Name Painting
Description "A Southern Aristocrat" by Lloyd Branson. Oil on panel; portrait of a woman in a large brimmed brown hat and a white silk dress with bead trim.
Signature: Signed L. Branson, '96, upper left.
22 1/2 x 19 1/4 in.

Label from The Collector's Eye (2014):

Branson is one of the most well known East Tennessee artists. Showing artistic promise from a young age, he attended the University of Tennessee before studying painting abroad in the 1870s. In 1876, he returned to Knoxville and set up a downtown studio with a photographer, where he worked and taught painting.

While he created landscapes and historical paintings, Branson was best known for portraits, often produced from photos and featuring somber-looking sitters posed against dark backgrounds, gaze directed as though looking into a camera. This portrait of an aristocrat stands apart with its painterly brushwork, soft palette, and diaphanous light.
Title A Southern Aristocrat
Date 1896
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Branson, Lloyd
Medium oil
Material panel
Dimensions H-22.25 W-19.125 inches
Credit line Bequest of Judge John Webb Green and Ellen McClung Green
Place of Origin Knoxville, TN, US
Subjects Women
Wealth
Portraits
Hats
Clothing & dress
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