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Posthumous Portraits

Tucker Civil War era portraits

In the 1980's Tom created two posthumous portraits for the Tucker family. Both of these were begun with small tin type photos taken in the 1800's. These small delicate early efforts at photography measured approximately 2 x3 inches and were of a grey brown color.

For the Richard Murphy Tucker portrait, on the left, Tom rented clothes to replace the casual ones Richard was wearing in the old tin type in order to make a more formal portrait.

Tom also had to 'remove' the slouch hat that Richard had been wearing during his photos session. By applying his knowledge of anatomy and also studying surviving members of the Tucker family, Tom arrived at his rendition of how the head appeared and where the hair might have been parted etc.

John Alonzo Tucker, on the right was wearing a plain suit and sitting next to his first wife. The family wanted to commemorate John's participation in the Civil War, so Tom rented a Civil War uniform and was able to change the clothes in the painting using manikins and stand in models.


John Alonzo Tucker
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Richard Murphy Tucker
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