American School, 19th Century Portraits of Major Charles DeWolf and His Second Wife Elizabeth of Bristol, Rhode I sland.
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- American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2482
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- November 08, 2009 11:00AM
American School, 19th Century
Portraits of Major Charles DeWolf and His Second Wife Elizabeth of Bristol, Rhode I sland.Unsigned, subjects identified in inscriptions on the reverse. Oil on canvas, 27 1/2 x 22 in., in original molded gilt-gesso wooden frames. Condition: Relined, minor retouch and paint loss.
Note: Major Charles Potter DeWolf was a master mariner. He and his brothers became some of Bristol, Rhode Island's biggest slave traders, and they amassed a large fortune from it. Charles, the oldest, acted as the family's financial consultant in the business. He also took an active part in the American Revolution and in the War of 1812. He was born on February 25, 1745, the son of Captain Mark Anthony DeWolf and Abigail (Potter) DeWolf. Charles married Mary Taylor of Bristol in 1771, and later Elizabeth Rogerson on June 3, 1789, after Mary's death.