Deacon Robert Peckham (Massachusetts, 1785-1877)
Portrait of James Humphreys Jr.
Inscribed "JAMES HUMPHREYS/AE 30/Painted by/his humble friend/R Peckham/July 1809" on the back of the canvas.
Oil on canvas, 25 x 20 in., in a molded black-painted frame.
Condition: Relined, very minor inpainting to some craquelure.
Provenance: Sotheby's, Americana from the Collection of M. Austin and Jill R. Fine, January 30, 1987, Lot 965; Peter Tillou.
Literature: Peter H. Tillou, Where Liberty Dwells: 19th Century Art by the American People, Works of Art from the Masterpieces of New York State Folk Painting, no. 24.
Exhibitions: American Folk Art Exhibition, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, October 1-30, 1974; Where Liberty Dwells: 19th Century Art by the American People, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York, January 17-February 22, 1976; Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 25-August 29, 1976; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 14-February 20, 1977; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York, April 3-May 29, 1977.
Note: This is thought to be the earliest known signed and dated portrait by Peckham.
The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art
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