Medium: oil on canvas
Date: circa 1845
Size: 25" x 30" (sight)
32 1/4" x 37 1/4" (overall)
Frames: original restored
Condition: These paintings have both been cleaned and lined on linen and mounted on new stretchers. There seems to be no previous damage and in-painting consists of very little spotting
There is a certain amount of confusing information regarding the self-taught itinerant artist known variously as Resin B. Craft, Reasoner Craft and R. B. Crofft. According to census records he was born in Ohio in 1809. He is first reported as a portrait painter in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1836-1844. He is later noted as working in Louisville and Madison County, Kentucky, 1845. After that he worked in Iowa, 1847, and in Ohio in the early 1850's.
Crafft was still painting portraits in Springfield Illinois in 1852, and signed, dated portraits establish that he was in Jefferson County, Kentucky in 1853, and even later in Pennsylvania. Crafft died in 1877.
There are four portraits by Crafft listed in the Catalog of American Portraits, (CAP) which is an inventory of historically significant American portraits in public and private collections.
One of his more famous works is the portrait of the Miami Indian Chief LaFontaine, and also "The Merchant", a portrait of a wealthy shipping merchant displayed in Williamsburg, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center. He was still painting in the 1870's ~A large portrait of a Woman Dressed in Black was done in 1871.
He settled permanently in Louisville, in 1870 where he later died.
R. B. Crafft (1809 - 1877) Pair of Portraits