Title: Elbridge G. Eastman
Object Name: Painting
Object ID: 1883.002
Creator: Poindexter, James T. (1832-1891)Artist
Date: 1855 circa
Description: Portrait of Col. Elbridge G. Eastman (1813-1859), attributed to James T. Poindexter (1832-1891); Nashville, Tennessee, c. 1855. Oil on canvas. Half-length portrait of a man, facing slightly left. Sitter has black hair with side part, and brown eyes. He is wearing a black coat and waistcoat, black cravat in bow, and white shirt with turn-down collar. Seated in a dark-wood chair with red upholstery. Window frame in background with sunset lower left. A label on the back of the top stretcher member reads: "Elbridge (Gerry) Eastman / Son of Timothy Eastman / Born - Bridgewater, NH Feb. 27 '13 / Died - Nashville Tenn. Nov. 13 '59 / Editor Nashville Union." A Graphite inscription on the reverse of the canvas reads: "Ellbridge Gerry / Eastman." Pencil inscription top tacking margin: "Eastman". Unsigned. Gilded gesso with stamped metal frame, flowers with geometric designs exterior, floral cove, and grape vines interior.
Dimensions: H-30 W-25 inches
Provenance: Gift of the New Hampshire Press Association.
Elbridge Gerry Eastman (1813-1859) was a journalist, born in Bridgewater, NH. He apprenticed to learn the printing trade. He went to Washington, DC, and married Lucy Ann Carr of Baltimore, Oct. 11, 1838. The following year James K. Polk invited him to come to Tennessee and helped him establish the "Knoxville Argus". When Polk became president, Eastman went to Washington, but returned to Tennessee in 1846, becoming editor of the "Nashville Union", then the "Nashville American, then the consolidated papers, the "Union and American". He died in Nashville in 1859.
Credit Line: Gift of the New Hampshire Press Association
Eastman, Elbridge G. (1813-1859),
Poindexter, James T. (1832-1891),
Jenks, George E. (1828-1888)