John Wood Dodge
American, 1807 – 1893
Portrait of Rosa Vertner Griffith (1826 – 1894), 1841 – 1843
Watercolor on ivory mounted on board
3 15/16 x 3 3/4 in. (10 x 9.5 cm.)
4 3/4 x 4 3/8 in. (12.1 x 11.1 cm.) (Frame)
Gift of Mary Duncan and John William Bicknell, Houston, TX 2011.10.7

Have Palette, Will Travel
During the early 1800s, artists often traveled from state to state in search of new patrons. John Wood Dodge, originally from New York, relocated to Nashville in 1840. Over the next several years, Dodge traveled throughout the South, offering his services as a miniature painter. Dodge was in Kentucky in 1841 and 1843 and painted the miniatures shown here. The older of the two Duncan boys, Daniel, died in childhood. His younger brother Henry grew up to establish the Lexington Daily Press, the city’s first daily newspaper and forerunner of the Lexington Herald. Rosa became a respected poetess. Edward McAlister co-owned a company that manufactured cloth, while his wife was admired for her charity work.