This is a series begun in 2004 while living in Charleston, SC. My friend, a womens history professor, got me thinking about historical biases and I began to consider the fallacies that lay before me. What"s up with those people painted on ivory...
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Governor Henry Alexander Wise (1806-1876)
Commissioned by Tibby Ford of Washington, DC as a portrait of her husband's relative who was a US Congressman and governor of Virginia. He supported secession. As a Congressman, one of his last acts was to sign the death warrant of John Brown. He also had a career in law and was a brigadier general in the Confederate army. Ironically, one of his properties, lost in the war, became a school for newly emancipated slaves and there children. Married three times, the first two wives of nineteen years produced fourteen children, seven of which lived to adulthood. He settled with his third wife in Richmond and resumed his law career. His two surviving sons were active in both state and Federal politics.