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Portrait of Ellen Clarinda Martin Kneeland

Painted by Randall Palmer (1807-1845).
Oil on canvas, 1843.
Wisconsin Historical Museum object #1942.95.
WHI 2743

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Portrait of Ellen Clarinda Martin Kneeland

Ellen Clarinda Martin Kneeland (1811-1856) was the wife of Moses Kneeland, a promoter and executive for several railroad companies in Wisconsin. Mr. Kneeland also was active in Milwaukee politics as a trustee, alderman, and a member of the city board of supervisors. Little is known about the life of Mrs. Kneeland.

Artist Randall Palmer of Auburn, New York painted this portrait of Mrs. Kneeland in 1843. Palmer also made a portrait of her husband at the same time, and the paintings stayed in the family for generations until a grandson donated the pair of portraits to the Historical Society in 1931.

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