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Region: Middle Tennessee
1824 Caroline W. Allen
Nashville Female Academy
Nashville, Davidson Co.

634"V x 712"H © TSS 200
fibers: watercolor
ground: paper
Caroline Walton Allen (1810-1828) was one of nine children born to Robert Allen and his first wife Rebecca Greer. Robert Allen, who had been an officer in the War of 1812, became a lawyer and a Tennessee Representative to the US Congress. Both Caroline and her younger sister Rebecca attended the Nashville Female Academy in 1823-24. Caroline never married; she died at the age of 17 in 1828.
Caroline W. Allen’s watercolor was carefully preserved by her family. Her brother Joseph W. Allen wrote in a note on the back.

Nashville, Tennessee, July 27th 1897.

Painted by my sister Caroline W. Allen
(in the 14th year of her age) at the Nashville
Female Academy. given to me by my
sister Mrs Rebecca G . Allison in 1847.
I have preserved it fifty years, and now
give it to my son Benjn B. Allen
to take care of, and see that is des=
=cends to some members of my mothers
It was painted in the year Eighteen
hundred and twenty four. (1824).
Jos. W. Allen

Mr. Allen also includes a clipping “Old Academy Girls” from the Nashville Daily American of Mon., Oct. 17, 1899. He writes, “Two Sisters and one Sister-in-law in this list/ JWA.” The family members circled are: Louisa A. Gibbs, Caroline W. Allen, and Rebecca G. Allen.