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New Additions to the Collection

The Customs House Museum & Cultural Center is pleased to be receiving two portraits into the permanent collection.

The portraits are being received as a transfer from Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Art Museum in Nashville, TN. The portraits are titled: “Girl in White Dress with Basket of Roses” and “Charles Mitchell Jr”. Both were painted by George Dury, a well-known artist who immigrated from Bavaria to Nashville in 1849. 

“Girl in White Dress with Basket of Roses” by George Dury, 1874
“Girl in White Dress with Basket of Roses” by George Dury, 1874

Prior to leaving Bavaria, Dury painted portraits of Bavarian nobility, including a miniature of Queen Therese. Once Dury arrived in Nashville, he set up a studio in the Edgehill area of Nashville where he continued to be a successful artist. He painted the portraits of many well known Tennesseans, including President James K. Polk’s widow, Sarah Polk.

These portraits will be a wonderful addition to the Customs House Museum’s collection. Before receiving these portraits, the museum did not have any examples of George Dury’s work within the permanent collection.


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