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.
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.