Sitter: Wilson Blount Hodges (1795-1871) was born in Beaufort County, North Carolina, but later resided in neighboring Hyde County. Through his mother, he was related to the prominent Blount family of eastern North Carolina. In 1816 he married Maria Cook Mariner (1801-1876) of Tyrell County. An inscription on the back of this portrait reads: “Wilson B. Hodges, age 48, Presented by him to his daughter, Sally Ann Clark.” Based on this inscription, the portrait would have been painted in 1843, during his tenure in the state capitol of Raleigh as a member of the North Carolina Senate representing Hyde County.
Description: Portrait painting of an older gentleman, WIlson B. Hodges. He is seated and his glance is at the viewer. His expression is kind but without any strong emotion being expressed. His left elbow is resting on a table beside him. His right hand is resting on a brown book (title cannot be read) with his index finger between the pages of the book. The background is a rust colored drapery, mostly in shadow. The frame is simple and gilded.