National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Portrait #1417
Subject/Title:
Dodson, Clay Frank
Artist:Simmons, Don
Date Created:1957
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 seated in deep red velvet chair facing three-quarter left and looking at viewer. He is wearing a dark blue business suit and white shirt with a blue tie with spotted pattern. On his tie is a diamond stickpin in the shape of a horseshoe, his favorite pin. He has blue eyes and brown hair.
History of Work:The portrait was painted by Don simmons in 1957 and presented to the Health Center in conjunction with the naming of the center by Mr. Dodson's family.
Notes:Subject was born in 1906 and owned an auto garage and wrecker service in Gallatin, Tennessee. Bought house on St. Blaise Lane and raised cattle, hogs, and tobacco. Married Billie C. Henderson in 1942. In 1954 they moved to Springfield, Tennessee and purchased Springfield Grain & Feed Company. In 1960s he opened Model Tractor Company. He had one son and one daughter and died in 1982.

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