Early 19th century American oil painting on wood plank. Old label on back reads “Mary Ann Foxall daughter of Henry & Ann Foxall. Born Sept 20th 1789, Ireland. Portrait painted in early 19th century (Georgetown)”. Henry Foxall (1753-1823) was mayor of Georgetown, and a munitions dealer reputed to be the first federal arms contractor. He established the Columbian Foundry above Georgetown in 1797. He dabbled in real estate in the cities of Georgetown and Washington. He owned a summer home on the 6 acre tract above his foundry, a "town house" on what is now 34th St. NW just below the Canal, and various other pieces of land in both Georgetown and Washington. His foundry provided guns for the U.S. during the War of 1812. Foxall deeded the land for Foundry Methodist Church in the city of Washington proper. Samuel McKinney married Mary Anne Foxall and settled on Dumbarton Street. Mary Anne Foxall and her family of eight children were lifelong Georgetown residents. One of their daughters, Mary, married Charles H. Cragin. The family continued to live on Dumbarton and "O" Sts. NW until the 20th century and remained prosperous and active in Georgetown affairs. Painted wood panel. Measures 24in x 18.5in. Condition: Top right corner of panel is chipped, many small dings and scratches on face, chest and torso, painting will also brighten up considerably with a gentle cleaning.
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