IMPORTANT PAIR OF PRIOR-HAMBLIN SCHOOL FOLK ART PORTRAITS, oil on canvas (each), the complex three-quarter-length compositions of impressive size featuring a boy and a girl, likely siblings, in outdoor settings, he holding a riding crop with hoop and stick nearby, she holding a rose bud and open book with red cover, no signature(s) located. Each housed in possibly original giltwood frame with molded-composition ornamentation. Together with what is likely the girl's original blue wool dress embellished with white silk hem and decorative stitching depicted in the girl's portrait and a period riding crop, which is, by repute, the crop depicted in the boy's portrait. Four pieces total. Circa 1845. Girl's portrait 26 1/4" x 22 1/4" sight, 34 1/2" x 31" OA. Reserve.
Catalogue Note: The appearance of the present pair of Prior-Hamblin School portraits, recently discovered in a Clarksburg, West Virginia estate, represents a rare opportunity to acquire a top-quality pair of folk portraits from an iconic 19th-century artist studio, made even more noteworthy with the retention of original sitter costume and effects.
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Very good overall condition with minor scattered craquelure and discoloration. Lined with minor to moderate areas of conservation. She with minor areas of inpainting / overpainting to face, clothing, body, and background, heavier to right arm. He with minor to moderate areas of inpainting / overpainting to trousers and jacket, and areas of background. Frames with minor wear, losses, and repairs.
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Property from the estate of Frances Nicholson Finly, Clarksburg, WV.
Reportedly purchased from Argosy Gallery, New York, NY, in the 1950s.