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Catherine Hege

Welfare, Christian Daniel
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Salem North Carolina United States of America
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oil on canvas –poplar
HOA 25 3/4″; WOA 21 3/4″; DOA 1 1/4″
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Portrait of woman; 3/4 length portrait of woman angled slightly toward proper left. Background is dark on viewer’s left with open window overlooking landscape with a tree on viewer’s right.

Woman has gray eyes and dark hair pulled back and secured at top with a large tortoise shell comb; one ringlet of hair hangs over proper left ear; woman is wearing white empire waist dress with blue bows near the top of each sleeve and blue sash; dress has white lace collar fastened at center with small round brooch which has light center with dark center; the whole surrounded by seed pearls.

Reproduction frame made by Black Dog Gallery 03/2012.

Catherine Hege (born 1805) married the artist Daniel Welfare, in 1828. This is a companion portrait to Christina Hege, her sister, who married hatmaker Adam Butner, also in 1828.

Christian Daniel Welfare (Wohlfahrt) was born June 12, 1796 in Salem, North Carolina. He died August 30, 1841 in Salem. His parents were Jacob Wohlfahrt and Anna Elizabeth Schneider Wohlfahrt. Daniel married Catherine Hege in 1828, together they had three children.

“Welfare was briefly apprenticed to a joiner. He later became a teacher in the Boys School and during his lifetime served the community in many ways: sick-nurse of the Single Brother, tavern keeper, member of the Aufsher Collegium, member of the Salem LIght Infantry Company, delegate from the Salem Congregation to the Synod in Herrnhut in 1836.” (Bivins & Welshimer, p.96) Daniel Welfare was also the first portrait and landscape artist in Salem. He studied painting in Philadelphia under Thomas Sully. In 1825, he exhibited at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts.

RELATED OBJECTS: Acc. 4646.3 Portrait of Christina Hege; 4646.1 Georg Hege’s Taufshein; 4646.4 Portrait of Adam Butner.

HISTORY: Portraits descended in the Hege family.

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