Isabella Douglas Millholland (Mrs. James Millholland), by Joshua Johnson, c. 1807. Oil on canvas. 30 x 26 1/16 in. (76.2 x 66.2 cm). Maryland Historical Society
Joshua Johnson is the first known African American to make a living as a painter. He lived in Baltimore and was active from 1789-1832. http://www.marylandartsource.org/artists/detail_000000091.html
"I've never fooled anyone. I've let people fool themselves. They didn't bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn't argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn't."
"Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't."
— Mark Twain