Attributed to Royall Brewster Smith, Limington, Maine, (1801-55) Portrait of John and Annis Came
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- November 07, 2004 11:00AM
Attributed to Royall Brewster Smith,
Limington, Maine, (1801-55) Portrait of John and Annis Came, "1836" Buxton, Maine. in painted script on the inverse. "John Came aged 69 1836" and "Annis Came aged 33, 1836." oil on canvas. John Came has a strong direct gaze as he sits in a yellow-painted Windsor chair with orange striping, wearing a dark frock coat with a white collar and a small gold earring; Annis looks at the viewer with a strong direct gaze as she sits with crossed hands, wearing a sheer ruffled bonnet and a dark dress with a white embroidered collar highlighted with a hat pin, earrings and a necklace, sight 32 x 26 in., period-appropriate giltwood frames. Condition: Very good; replaced frames, unlined, John includes minor varnish inconsistencies and minor paint loss, plus some craquelure. Annis includes minor touch up, varnish inconsistencies, tiny craquelure.
Provenance: Family descent to the consignor. John Came was born in York, Maine, on October 27, 1767 and died in 1857. He married Phoebe Lord, October 2, 1794. They lived in Standish, Maine, where he started the Came lumber mills, which remained in operation for three generations. One of their five children, Abram, married Annis Green in 1825 in Standish, Maine. Annis, depicted in this lot, is the daughter-in-law of John Came.
Note: John Brewster began his professional career as a portrait painter in the early 1790s in Connecticut. By 1796 he had relocated to Buxton, Maine, where he lived with his brother Royal. In 1817 he returned to Hartford, Connecticut, for instruction in an academy for the deaf and dumb. He returned to Buxton, Maine, in the early 1820s, where he remained doing portraits until 1854 when he died.