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Early 19th C. American Oil Painting On Canvas Portrait Of Children
Offered for sale is an endearing early 19th century American portrait oil painting on canvas of two young girls, both posed, with one enfolding the other in her arms. The two girls are obviously sisters, possibly twins and are dressed in simple summer dresses, worn off shoulder and adorned with blue and pink ribbons. The girl in the foreground holds a cluster of cherries in her hand and wears a locket, the other has no adornments. There is an old worn note on the reverse with an address and partial name, which could be a past owner or the name of one of the girls, otherwise there is no signature.
The painting resembles other portraits executed by some of the itinerant painters that were known to have traveled the Southern routes in the early to mid 19th century, to name a few, John Wesley Jarvis, John Neagle, and Manuel Joachim de Franca. Of these artists, the latter, de Franca, was known to have spent quite a bit of time in the Kentucky area and his classically painted backgrounds are typical of this painting. These girls were evidently from a wealthy family as only the well-to-do could afford to have portraits of their loved ones rendered.
The painting has had some professional restoration with some scattered in-painting and stabilization. The frame has also been restored and is in excellent condition. The painting is lovely and obviously done by a very talented artist.
Size of Frame: 51 ½" Height by 43 ½" Width
Size of Image: 35 ¼" Height by 28 ¼" Width.
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