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Attributed to William Jennys (Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, ac. 1798-1808)

Auction:
2431
Lot:
314
Sold for:
$11,850$10,000

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2431
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 01, 2008 3:00PM

Description:

Attributed to William Jennys (Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire,

ac. 1798-1808)

Pair of Portraits of a Gentleman and his Wife. Unsigned. Oil on canvas, c. 1801, bust-length portraits posed in an oval with dark spandrels, 30 x 25 in., in later molded wood frames with gilt liners. Condition: Minor retouch.

Exhibited: First Flowers of Our Wilderness, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tuscon; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1976, with exhibition labels on the reverse.

Note: William Jennys, a portraitist, painted throughout most of New England and New York. William and his father, Richard, worked together for seven years. William's palette was usually muted and somber with an extensive use of green and brown. In about 1800, Richard and William Jennys moved to Massachusetts where they painted portraits in the central and western part of the state.

Estimate $10,000-15,000

Both portrait have a few small spots of retouch on the faces and scattered retouch in the backgrounds, the woman with several small spots of retouch on her bonnet.

Keywords

William Jennys, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Tuscon, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art, University of Arizona, Richard Jennys, New England

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