Wednesday, March 13, 2013

How Cool Is This!

Do you ever Google yourself? I'm not too proud to admit that I occasionally type my name into the search engine and see what pops up. Last night I also clicked on the images that went with my name. Wow, what an assortment of Catherine Nichols exist!

The most intriguing to me by far was the portrait on the left. According to the AFA news site where it appears, the portrait was painted around 1830 by one I. Gillbert, a little known folk artist who  worked in New York state. The subject was a thirty-six-year-old woman named Catherine Nichols. She lived in Paris, New York and was married to Roy Nichols.

Now Roy's wife doesn't look much like me, but that doesn't matter.  I still feel a connection with her--and wouldn't you know--she's holding a book!


  1. You're lucky you can google yourself--my name is too common! I have to fashion an Emily Dickenson costume for my daughter for a school project and in the best known pic of her she is dressed just like the woman in the portrait, complete with ribbon around the neck! Nice blog, by the way.

  2. Thanks! Yes, her outfit makes a perfect Emily Dickinson!