Benjamin Greenleaf (Massachusetts/New Hampshire, 1769-1821)
Portrait of George Brackett of Randolph, Vermont, Age 11 Months, Holding a Bird. Signed, dated, and subject identified in inscriptions on the backboard "George Brackett born wednesday November the 21 1810/Painted by Benj.n Greenleaf at Randolf Vermont September 6 1811." Reverse-painted in oil on glass, 12 1/4 x 10 in., in a probably original black-painted molded wood frame. Condition: Glass cracked u.r. corner, scattered craquelure, repaint ot back ground and minor retouch.
Note: The inscription on the backboard places the artist in a location where he was not previously known to paint. The inclusion of a bird in the composition is apparently unique.
Provenance: Walters-Benisek, purchased in 1996.
Literature: For information on the artist see the article "Who was Benjamin Greenleaf?" by Arthur and Sybil Kern, Antiques World, September 1981, pp. 38-47; and the article "Benjamin Greenleaf: Nineteenth Century Portrait Painter," by the same authors, in The Clarion, Spring/Summer edition, 1985, pp. 40-47.
Retouch to spots on chin, on chest above gown by shoulder, few small spots on gown, green background repainted.
The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.