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Sale 1907 Lot 960

Samuel M. Shaver
(American/Tennessee, 1816-1878)

"Portrait of Joseph Hardin Walker (1821-1866)", ca. 1859

oil on canvas
unsigned, a handwritten inscription identifying sitter en verso of stretcher.
40" x 30", framed 47" x 37"

Literature: Caldwell, Jr., Benjamin H., Robert Hicks and Mark W. Scala, Art of Tennessee, Nashville: First Center of the Visual Arts, exhibition catalogue, 2003.

Notes: The eldest child of Elizabeth Gallagher and Reuben Walker, Jr., Joseph Hardin Walker was born in Hardin Valley, Knox County, Tennessee on December 4, 1821. Walker studied at East Tennessee University, served as a trustee of the Deaf and Dumb School for many years, and appointed trustee of East Tennessee University in 1854. A successful merchant, he was the proprietor of Walker, O'Keefe & Co., "wholesale and retail dealers of dry goods, clothing, boots, shoes, etc." in Knox County.

On his birthday in 1849, Walker married Dora Pearson Moses (1826-1910), the daughter of Mary Pearson and John Moses of Exeter, New Hampshire. Joseph Hardin and Dora Pearson Walker had three sons and one daughter, Edward Walton Walker (1850-1887), Mary E. (Lillian) Walker (1854-1938), Everett Maxwell Walker (1858-1859) and Frank Hardin Walker (1861-1905).

The Civil War divided the Walker family. "When the city was besieged by the northern army", Dora took her three surviving children and returned north to Exeter, New Hampshire, while her husband's Confederate sympathies kept him in Tennessee. Joseph Hardin Walker died in New York City shortly after the end of the Civil War.

For more than twenty years, Samuel M. Shaver was among the leading portraitists working in antebellum Tennessee. Shaver was the son of David and Catherine Barringer Shaver of Sullivan County, Tennessee. In 1845, he married Mary Hannah Elizabeth Powell (1825-1856) in Robertsville, Tennessee and the couple had two children.
Prior to the Civil War, Shaver earned portrait commissions throughout Eastern Tennessee and taught at the Odd Fellows' Female Institute in Rogersville, Tennessee in 1851.

When the Civil War broke out, as a supporter of the Confederacy, Shaver moved to Knoxville where he helped to found the East Tennessee Art Association and was commissioned to paint portraits of fifteen prominent Confederate leaders.

Estimate $4,000-7,000

**Previously professionally cleaned and restored; diagonal distortion of the canvas upper left center (hair and background by his head); stretcher bar marks visible; appears to be repaired at a horizontal tear mid-left center across jacket and shirt with inpainting; signs of inpainting upper center (cheeks and beard). Modern frame with surface marks, nicks and abrasions.
Canvas size is 42" x 32".

Sold for $20,000
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