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William Morris Hunt (American, 1824-1879) Study for The Russell Children, James and Ellen

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American & European Works of Art - 3010B
Date / Time :
May 19, 2017 12:00PM


William Morris Hunt (American, 1824-1879)

Study for The Russell Children, James and Ellen
Unsigned, identified on two labels affixed to the reverse.
Oil on panel, 8 7/8 x 6 7/8 in. (22.4 x 17.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Craquelure, surface grime.

N.B. In a handwritten label on the reverse, the children portrayed in this sketch are identified as "James S. Russell about 4 yrs and Ellen F. Russell, about 2 1/2 yrs" about 1868. The note continues, "This is J.S.R.'s copy of large picture owned by E.F.R. (Ellen F. Atkinson) which she got in division of Home Farm things after Mary F. Russell's death Apr. 2, 1916." There is also a second label, typewritten and dated 10/17/84, which confirms the work as an unsigned sketch for a larger portrait, also unsigned, done by William Morris Hunt, and provides further family provenance.
Estimate $400-600

The craqueure is fine and stable. Te painting would benefit from cleaning. One label. handwritten and dated April 2, 1916, identifies the sitters and provides provenance through the Russell family. The second label is typed and dated 10/17/84, and provides more recent history.

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