Another set of miniatures that I’ve had for decades in my collection. The miniatures have an old penciled in attribute to the American miniaturist John MacDougall on the reverse, which is a little hard to discern but still legible. This seems very likely based on the hand and quality.
These sentimental, personal paintings are likely in their original frames, although they are slightly small for the glass. I purchased them this way and have not removed them. The original hanging chain on the reverse is still present but the o-rings, I believe are replacements. Again, I bought them this way.
Condition is good for the age, the lady is lovely, the colors are bright and beautiful.
When examined closely it looks like the gentleman has a little line going down the edge of his eye to his tie. It maybe a crack; also, some of the paint is flaking off at the bottom. Normally I would believe these to be watercolor, but John MacDougall experimented with many different mediums and it may be oil over watercolor because the painting strokes seem thicker on the jacket.
These are just wonderful period paintings from a famous American miniaturist, circa early 1800s.
Pair of Antique Husband and Wife Miniature Portraits