Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc., Inc.
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December 2,2023: Premier Americana - Day Two

Sat, Dec 2, 2023 09:00AM EST
Lot 2405


Estimate: $100 - $200
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FELIX THOMAS SHARPLES (VIRGINIA, 1786-AFT. 1824), ATTRIBUTED, MINIATURE PORTRAIT SKETCH, ink on paper, a profile depiction of an elderly gentleman with pronounced proboscis, by tradition, discovered in the artist's sketchbook, MESDA label verso, no signature located. Housed under glass in an old frame. Circa 1795. 4" x 3 3/8" OA.
Literature: Recorded by MESDA in 1975, photo number S-5056.
Catalogue Note: The son of British itinerant artist James Sharples (1751-1811), Felix Sharples (1788-1844) began assisting his father with portraiture at a young age. The family made several trips to America around the turn of the 19th century, mostly based in Philadelphia and New York. Felix, however, began venturing south around 1806 and is recorded in Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland repeatedly throughout the first quarter of the 19th century. In an advertisement for the December 18, 1811 issue of the Norfolk Herald, Felix Sharples announced his ability to "engage in paint excellent likenesses, in Oil, In Crayons, or in Miniature". In this same advertisement, he listed "$50" as his price for "an Oil portrait as large as life" and "12 1/2" dollars for a "small Crayon portrait". The present example, from the artist's sketchbook, is likely a portrait study from his youth.


Good overall visual condition with moderate toning and discoloration. Frame with minor wear. Not examined out of frame.

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From the collection of Robert and Margaret Mayo, Gloucester, VA.
Ex-property from the estate of Judge John Deharditt, Gloucester, VA.
Purchased from Mrs. Wilkins Sanders, whose husband was a descendant of the Tabbs of Gloucester County, Virginia.