Life in Old South Central Alabama

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South of Birmingham, Alabama, United States
I am an antique trader in central Alabama....I love old houses... My log home was built in 1817 by my ancestors Benjamin and Hannah Harless Wilson .............. Outside the house are herb gardens and lots of pass-along plants................ No one in Alabama is in a hurry about anything......... Visitors think that the garden needs weeding and the furniture needs polishing....I am a direct descendant of Joseph Towne, whose two sisters Rebecca Towne Nurse and Mary Towne Easty were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 as witches. I am also a direct descendant of Pocahontas and husband John Rolfe.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Children of the War

Oil on Canvas 22" x 27 ".   The canvas is barely hanging on to its support frame.  Flaking and fading.  

These children would have been witnesses to the American Civil War ( 1861-1865). Their dress indicates they could be Union or Confederate. 

I liked it because the condition of the painting and the expressions of the children seem to reflect the world into which they were born. 

I have seen the Greek key pattern on several other dresses worn by ladies of the time. 

The hand on the shoulder unifies the portrait. 

The children's images have bled through to the back of the painting. 

I have some beautiful almost perfect gold gesso frames that this would fit in, but I think the condition of the frame needs to reflect the condition of the portrait.  


  1. This is beautiful. As usual you find the neatest things/How was your visit to my area?