Artist: Washington Cooper, Nashville, Tennessee (1802-1888)
Medium: Oil on Canvas

Frame Original
Year: 1840
Size: Height - 40”, Width – 341/4”
2014.05.117 EL The Mr. & Mrs. Franck H. Kaiser, Sr. Collection

Victoria was the oldest child of Adelicia and Isaac Franklin. Victoria died of Croup on June 11, 1846, six weeks following her father’s death and three days following her sister’s death. According to Washington’s Coopers journal he was paid $60 for this portrait on September 26, 1840 when Victoria would have been six months old. The subject is setting with one leg extended toward the viewer with bare feet. This is a pose which Cooper used often for small children. The painting retains its original frame.

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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk