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Object Name Portrait
Catalog Number 2010.fic.030
Description Portrait of a woman, Abby Clark Lord, done in charcoal. She is of middle age, with sausage-curl buns above her ears. She wears a white lace cap and a heavy dark dress. The dress has a high, pleated collar and thick ruffled sleeves. There is a lace inner collar with a lace bow or ruff hanging down in the front.
Collection LCHS Fine Art Collection
Date c. 1860
Dimensions H-33.5 W-31 inches
Height (in) 33.5
Width (in) 31
Makers mark C.H.W., written in charcoal on lower right-hand side of image, within bakground.
Signature Location Lower right-hand side of image, within bakground.
Signed Name C.H.W.
People Lord, Abby Clark
Search Terms Portrait
Notes This painting was displayed for many years in Swarthout Museum. The guide to the museum's paintings described the subject of this painting thus:

"Abby Clark Lord: Married to Cyrus Lord in 1836, the couple came to La Crosse in 1853. Active in civic affairs, Mrs. Lord served as president of the Soldiers' Relief and Aid Society during the Civil War."