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House of the Seasons’ preservation efforts continue with acquisition of four oil paintings once owned by home’s original Epperson family
Jefferson, Texas – After more than a century, four recently acquired and restored oil paintings once again hang on the walls of their original home in the House of the Seasons.
The four paintings are reunited with seven others that once belonged to the House of the Seasons’ original owners, the Eppersons. Nineteenth-century Texas legislator, lawyer, railroad man, and civic leader, Col. Benjamin H. Epperson, acquired these eleven paintings for his family home built in 1872.
Epperson died in 1878, and the family stayed in the house until 1906, when they moved to Ada, Oklahoma, and took all the original furnishings with them. Richard Collins acquired the house in 1973, and acquired most of the original furnishings the next year from the estate of Jeannie Epperson, Ben’s daughter, who died at age 94 in December of 1973.
Earlier this year, Collins was contacted by Bill Thompson of Dallas, who had lived in Ada most of his life. Mr. Thompson’s father was a close friend of Jeannie and had taken care of her for years. He acquired the paintings from Jeannie in the 1960s to assist her financially. Collins was able to purchase the paintings and commissioned Stashka Star of Dallas to restore them. Two of the paintings are similar in design and subject to several of the other original paintings in the house, but the other two are lithographs that have been painted over. Painting lithographs was common in the mid 1800s.
ABOUT THE HOUSE OF THE SEASONS:
The House of the Seasons is a historical museum home in Jefferson that offers bed and breakfast accommodations in its carriage house. The original owner was Colonel Benjamin H. Epperson, a Texas lawyer, political leader, entrepreneur and confidante of Sam Houston. He built the home in 1872. Richard H. Collins acquired the home in 1973, and spent three years restoring it. It is now owned by the Collins Family Foundation. Guests have included; President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, Former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, Lawrence Rockefeller, NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback and Congressman Jack Kemp, former Bush advisor Karl Rove, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Congressmen Ralph Hall, Jim Chapman, Sam Johnson, Louie Gohmert, and movie star Karl Malden among others. Visit houseoftheseasons.com for more information.
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