02 January, 2008

Portrait of Rachel Donelson Jackson by Earl Postcard

The back of the postcard reads:

Portrait of Rachel Donelson Jackson
- by Earl
The Hermitage
Nashville, Tennessee
Home of President Andrew Jackson
Seventh President of the United States

The postcard shows a portrait of Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson, wife to the 7th President of the United States, Andrew Jackson. Rachel Donelson was the daughter of the explorer and adventurer John Donelson, co-founder of Nashville, Tennessee and Rachel Stockley.

Portrait of Rachel Donelson Jackson Postcard

Ralph E. W. Earl, portraitist, was the son of Connecticut painter Ralph Earl and his second wife, Anne Whiteside of Norwich, England. On January 1, 1817, Earl arrived in Nashville to paint the portrait of General Andrew Jackson. Later that year, in Natchez, he met and married Jane Caffrey, Rachel Jackson's niece. She died the next year, but Earl moved into the Hermitage and into Jackson's circle.

SOURCES:
The Hermitage
Rachel Jackson Wikipedia Entry
Ralph E. W. Earl TN Encyclopedia Entry

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