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An unusual double watercolor portrait,

An unusual double watercolor portrait,

#1864

The figures portrayed almost full length, the standing husband with his hand on the shoulder of his seated wife whose hand rests on the rim of a potted tree with small flowering plants at its base.
Compositionally, this work is almost certainly from "Upstate" or West Central New York State- the frontal full length figures and the potted tree being regionally typical and a feature often seen in the work of Henry Walton and Susan Waters, also from the mid 1840's. The visible pencil drawing combined with the painted surface is also similar.
However the scale is not something I have seen before nor the manner of presentation. The portrait itself measures 16 x 18 inches, and its original green leather frame with an
inner octagonal embossed metal liner it is 18 1/2 x 24 1 /2 inches.
In a private collection since the 1970's.
Minor paper restoration on reverse.