IT IS SORT OF FITTING that no one knows who painted the portrait of Peggy Eaton that I used to make this charcoal drawing. She was a shunned woman. A beautiful woman who made the mistake of marrying too soon after her husband died--eight months, instead of the acceptable year or two.
|Margaret (Peggy) Eaton by an unknown painter.|
Looks Copelyesk. What do you think?
Beyond the gossip, the Petticoat War had greater significance. Jackson, Peggy's powerful protector, put the Union first, states second. He thought the Washington gossips, the wives who used their husbands' power to assert their own over society, were seeing themselves as aristocracy, behavior that was very inappropriate in this country, founded by men and women of common decent. Jackson is considered to be the founder of the Democratic Party.
|Rachel Donelson Jackson by Ralph E.W. Earl|
Rachel's dad was a founding father of Nashville, TN
The newly published book --A Being so Gentle: the Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson by historian Patricia Brady--examines the tragic love story that shaped Andrew Jackson's Presidency --and the office of the Presidency to this day. You can read a synopsis here. Naturally, I ordered the book.
Great fun this history and drawing people besides myself and my family. Two birds one stone: education and
sharpening observational skills.