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Thomas Skynner (American, fl 1840-1852) Pair of Portraits of William Kitteridge Cleveland and his Wife Elizabet...

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


Thomas Skynner (American, fl 1840-1852) Pair of Portraits of William Kitteridge Cleveland and his Wife Elizabeth of Dalton, Massachusetts. Each signed "Done by T. Skynner" on the reverse of the canvas. Oil on canvas, c. 1847, depicting William Cleveland with quill pen in hand and hand resting on a letter inscribed "Dalton April 12, 1847," his wife Elizabeth depicted holding a book, both posed in ovals with dark spandrels, 30 x 24 in., in original molded giltwood frames. Condition: 1 1/2 in. tear l.r. on portrait of Elizabeth.

Provenance: Family descent.

Note: William Kitteridge Cleveland was born January 1, 1814 to Alvah and Hannah Kitteredge Cleveland in Dalton, Massachusetts. He married Elizabeth Ward Mitchell (1818-1912) on December 15 1841, and resided in Dalton, Massachusetts. Together they had three children. William died January 31, 1871.
Estimate $30,000-50,000

No other condition report to add to catalog description. The following is information found about the Cleveland family from an internet search: The family is mentioned in the GAZEETTEER OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, MASS. 1725-1885;
Compiled and Published by HAMILTON CHILD, Syracause, NY 1885, retyped by Slvia Eddy.
Exerpt: "William Cleveland immigrated to Dalton at an early day, from Massachusetts Bay, making his way a part of the distance by the aid of marked trees. He located on road 5, where Alvah K. Cleveland now resides, being the first to settle upon that farm. A sample of the pioneer life he led is shown in the fact that his wife spun and wove the flax which William had raised on his farm, after which he carried it on his back to Kinderhook, N. Y., a distance of fifty miles, and exchanged it for their first cow. He married Mrs. Sarah Tozer, rearing eight children. He was a Revolutionary soldier, Alvah, son of William, who succeeded him upon the farm, married Hannah Kittredge, of Dalton, who bore him five children, one son, William K., marrying Elizabeth W. Mitchell, of Windsor, by whom he had three children, William D., Nellie M., and Alvah K. William D. resides in Wyoming Territory ; Alvah married Amy E. Neate, of Pittsfield, and has two children, residing upon the homestead settled by his great-grandfather, where Nettie also resides. The old homestead dwelling was used for a hotel by Alvah Cleveland for many years."


William Cleveland, Dalton, William Kitteridge Cleveland, Elizabeth Ward Mitchell, Massachusetts, Thomas Skynner, Alvah Kitteredge Cleveland, Hannah Kitteredge Cleveland, GAZEETTEER OF BERKSHIRE COUNTY, internet search, Syracause, Massachusetts Bay, Kinderhook, Sarah Tozer, Hannah Kittredge, Windsor, Amy E. Neate, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio