American School, Early 19th Century
Portrait of the Philadelphia Colonial House, Chalkley Hall, Residence of Reverend Thomas Chalkley. Unsigned. Oil on paperboard, 13 1/2 x 23 in., in a later molded wood frame; accompanied by two papers documenting the origins of the house, one dated 1884 reads: "Residence of Thomas Chalkley/near Frankford/built by him and described in his will ---- 2nd mo. 19th 1741/2 as 'my new dwelling house'/Re-built by his son-in-law Abel James [1776-1783] and called Chalkley Hall. This picture has always been in possession of Phoebe M. Lewis and her ancestors. [signed] S.L. 1884." Condition: Four repaired creases or tears, with associated retouch l.l., l.c., and c.r., scattered small spots of retouch to sky, a few to house, and background.
Literature: See The Colonial Homes of Philadelphia and its Neighborhood, by Harold Donaldson Eberlein and Horace Mather Lippincott, J.B. Lippincott publisher, 1912, pp. 325-333. Thomas Chalkley (b. London, March 3, 1675) was a merchant, ship-owner, and a Quaker missionary. He moved into the house portrayed here probably around 1723. Chalkley's daughter Rebecca married Abel James, who enlarged and rebuilt the house in approximately 1776 and named it Chalkley Hall.
Condition: Four repaired creases or tears, with associated retouch l.l., l.c., and c.r., scattered small spots of retouch to sky, a few to house, and background.