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Painting of Caller home "Restwell" in Alabama

Painting of Caller home "Restwell" in Alabama

Posted: 6 Oct 2007 4:16AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Caller
I hope my little sister Tiffany doesn't get upset with me for posting this, considering she's the one who ventured to our uncle's house in Atlanta and uncovered it. But it's such a lovely painting done by Fredonia Winifred Caller ("Dixie" as she was known) of the family home, Restwell. I have attached a .JPG of the painting to this post.

On the back of the painting was a note written by her sister Sarah Chandler Caller ("Pearl" as she was known) in which she praised her sister's dedication to the work but then offered up a laundry list of critiques. Namely, that in reality Restwell was much larger than Dixie indicated, had dormer windows, and two chimneys. She also noted that the home had closets (a novelty for the time, considering the first patent for a hanger didn't come until the early 20th century!). Pearl wasn't crazy about the horse or the 2 people playing croquet, which Dixie said she added for "life".

Note: the original paiting, which was done probably in the late 1860s or early 1870s, is quite dark. I pulled it into Photoshop and brightened the image up so it's easier to see on screen.


Sorry - clarification - wrong Caller sister credited with painting

Posted: 6 Oct 2007 4:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Caller, Marks, Little
OK, it's time to get some sleep.
It was NOT Fredonia Caller who painted it. The artist is Martha Virginia "Dixie" Caller, one of seven daughters of James Strother Caller and Jane Frances Marks and wife of William Worth Little.

Sorry for the kerfuffle!
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