Julius, Emma’s husband, was a powerful man not only in Greensboro, but in many other parts of North Carolina as well. He started the Chamber of Commerce in Greensboro, and was also the president of both the Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad and the South Carolina-Central Pacific Railway Company. Browne painted his portrait around 1869, and the artist was able to capture Gray’s respected demeanor. One interesting aspect of Julius, and also Emma’s, portrait is that the frame maker’s sticker has been left on the back of the frame (see image below). Thomas Hooper, of New York, made the frames; their gilded design and red stencil pattern make them very unique in Blandwood’s collection.
Detail of Frame Thomas Hooper’s Sticker