Nicola Marschall: Artist of the Deep South:
Who am I?

   Use this as an exercise for your students when they visit the gallery, or after having examined all the portraits in the notebook, and reading all the biographies.

1. "I have spit curls on my head, and a cross around my neck. the rose on my bust and the clouds all around me tell you about my tragic fate. My dear husband, Chambers Graham, had my picture painted from a miniature of me taken when I was seventeen. I am painted on wood."
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2. "I graduated from Judson Women's College in 1856, and became known for my poetry, essays, and music. I loved to travel all over Europe, but finally returned home to Alabama. In my portrait that Nicola Marschall painted, I am wearing a green dress and a silk shawl. My hair is in curls, but for some reason my eyes look very tired."
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3. "I painted myself with much detail in this portrait. My, was I handsome, sitting in that red chair! Look at my bow tie! You don't find many that have red trim these days!"
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4. "Wow! Have I changed. I'm not the young man I used to be! I painted this portrait of myself in 1893 to give away as a Christmas present."
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5. "Being a legendary Confederate cavalry officer sure was hard work! My very good friend Nicola Marschall was so kind to paint my portrait. He did such a good job on my uniform jacket, with my stars and buttons. He especially did a good job on my beard!"
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6. "My portrait is a bit deceiving! I'm not in the Nicola Marschall gallery but I can see the entrance from where I hang. I actually lived to be old and gray, but in this portrait I am young and rosy cheeked, surrounded by clouds."
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7. "My travels with my husband have taken me on many adventures around the world! Two places that I have traveled to in my lifetime are Egypt and Colombia, South America. In my picture I am wearing a blue dress and have flowers in my hair."
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8. "I was married to my husband in Columbus, Mississippi in 1836, where we raised a family of nine children. We stayed in Columbus for the rest of our lives, and in 1898 I was buried in Friendship Cemetery. In my portrait by Nicola Marschall my jewelry will be sure to catch your eye! I have gold and enamel earrings hanging from my ears, and a brooch on the front of my dress. Hanging from my broach is a chain, which disappears underneath the feather decoration on my chest... there could be a watch, keys, or glasses hiding below it!"
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9. "My life has been filled with much excitement and travel! I served in the Confederate Army as a Colonel and Chief Engineer in the Army of Tennessee, which is where I met my friend Nicola Marschall, who painted my portrait. I loved art and writing and taught at the University of Tennessee for a short while. I traveled to Egypt and served in the army there, and later became the principal assistant engineer in the construction of the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. I died in Bogota, Columbia. In my portrait Marschall did a wonderful job in showing you my rank through the buttons and stars on my coat. My hair and eyes appear soft."
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10. "I am originally from Sumner County, Tennessee, but I moved to Marion, Alabama. There I became a very important educator and attorney, and eventually principal of Marion Female Seminary. I was buried in 1851 in Marion Cemetery. My portrait is unique because it is one of Nicola Marschall's earliest. My cravat (tie) and eyeglasses were the latest fashions of the day!"
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11. "At the young age of ten I became an apprentice to a tailor because both of my parents had died. I later went on to serve in the Seminole War, and to serve the Union in the Civil War. My loyalty was rewarded by the government, because after the war was over I was appointed to a government agency that collected confiscated cotton. Because of my success in real estate and textile manufacturing, I was very wealthy and prominent at the time of my death. At the time of my death at age 101, I was the only known survivor alive from the Seminole Wars. In my portrait Nicola Marschall painted me in a typical black morning coat with a bow tie and stick pin. My, my, he did a great job showing my graying hair in my beard!"
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12. "I was originally from South Carolina, and graduated from South Carolina College with a license to preach in 1818. When I was elected as president of the University of Alabama I moved to Alabama. While in Alabama, I founded the Alabama Historical Society. I later returned to South Carolina in 1855, and lived there until my death in 1868. In my portrait by Nicola Marschall, my hair appears to be very gray... almost white. My skin seems to be very young, with few wrinkles visible."
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