National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Portrait #1416
Subject/Title:
Dodson, Billie C. Henderson
Artist:Simmons, Don
Date Created:1958
Owner/Location:Dodson Family Health Center
(Sumner County Health Department)
Frame Dimensions:36 x 30
Image Dimensions:29 x 23
Materials/Media:Oil on canvas
Date Documented:16 May 2008
Condition:Excellent

Description:Subject is seated facing three-quarter left and looking at viewer. She wears a formal blue lace dress. Pinned in the front is a diamond pin in the shape of a horseshoe, like the one worn by her husband C. F. Dodson, to demonstrate her love for horses. Her hands are together in her lap. She wears diamond earrings and thin framed glasses. She has brown eyes and dark hair.
History of Work:The portrait by Don Simmons in 1958 was presented to the Health Center in conjunction with the naming of the center by the Dodson family.
Notes:Subject born in 1919, married in 1942, came to Gallatin, Tennessee. She was active in 1st Presbyterian Chuch - created Vacation Bible School. In 1954 the Dodsons moved to Springfield, Tennessee. Subject taught Junior High School. She returned to Gallatin in 1968 and taught junior high until late 1970s. She was from Sevierville, Tennessee and died in 2000.

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