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Ann (Simons) Ball

Artist/Maker:
Morse, Samuel F. B.
Place Made:
Charleston South Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1818-1822
Medium:
oil on canvas
Dimensions:
HOA: 31 1/2; WOA: 26 1/2
Accession Number:
2108
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Painting, oil on canvas, of lady facing quarter right, and wearing a frilled cap, seated in a red upholstered chair against a dark lavender curtain at a window showing sky and water in background.

SITTER: Ann (Simons) Ball (1776-1840) and her husband, John Ball, Jr.(1760-1817) lived at Comingtee Plantation, one of the many Ball plantations, thirty miles north of Charleston. The name Comingtee is derived from the location on the western branch of the Cooper River, which divides into two branches, eastern and western in the shape of the letter, “T”. The plantation stood on a small peninsula and Captain Coming, the first owner, named his home “Coming’s Tee,” later called “Comingtee.”

Credit Line:
Gift of Frank L. Horton