02-17-2008 02-17-2008
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2397 Boston
February 17, 2008 11:00AMCalender

Attributed to Joseph H. Davis (American, 1811-1865) Portrait of John B. Johnson. Aged 34 Jany 17th 1836. Beli...

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2397 Location: Boston Date / Time: February 17, 2008 11:00AM


Attributed to Joseph H. Davis (American, 1811-1865) Portrait of "John B. Johnson. Aged 34 Jan'y 17th 1836. Belinda M. Johnson Aged 11 Years May 22 1836. Lydia H. Johnson. Aged 33. April 18th 1836." Unsigned, the subjects and their ages identified in ornamental calligraphy below. Watercolor, graphite, and ink on paper, 10 1/4 x 14 in., in a period grain-painted gesso and wood frame. Condition: Laid down, toning, stains, edges trimmed.

Note: Joseph H. Davis was an itinerant portrait artist who worked primarily in Dover, New Hampshire, and nearby Maine towns. His works there span between the years 1832 to 1837.
Estimate $20,000-30,000

laid down onto cardboard long ago, edges trimmed to just above garland rosettes, and to edge of calligraphy lettering, the thin mat obscures some of the letters.


Joseph H. Davis, Belinda M. Johnson, M. Johnson Aged, Lydia H. Johnson, Maine, New Hampshire, Dover, itinerant portrait artist