Martha Johnson Patterson Daughter of Former First Lady Vintage 1962 Portrait Oil on Board by Fred Wilson (1898-1978) Framed. Martha Johnson Patterson was a daughter of Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States and his wife Eliza McCardle Johnson.
Since Eliza was not able to serve as First Lady due to her poor health, she remained confined to a room on the second floor, leaving the social chores to her daughter (Martha Johnson Patterson). Mrs. Johnson appeared publicly as First Lady on only two occasions at a reception for Queen Emma of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1866 and at the president's birthday party in 1867.
Painting signed by the artist, Wilson, in right corner. Overall, board and frame are in good condition with some ware to the frame; please see all pictures for details. Framed, this piece measures ca: LxWxD 14 ¾ x 17 ¾ x 1 3/8 inch. Board measures ca: 9 ¾ x 12 inches. Painting weighs 3 lbs.
Fred Wilson was born in Kinsley, Kansas in 1898. He was a career government architect. He designed dozens of Post offices all over the US, among other government buildings. He was a prolific portrait artist, focusing primarily on historical figures. Most of his paintings were done during his retirement years in Venice, FL (1956-78). He had a massive stroke in 1965 which ended his painting career. He died in 1978. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.