Ruth Henshaw Bascom (Massachusetts, 1771-1848)
Portrait of Sarah Flint Burton
Inscribed "Mrs. Sarah Flint Burton of Crichton Hill. Sketched Dec. 1830 & copied June 1840 by RHB Fitzwilliam" in the artist's hand on the back of the paper.
Pastel on paper, 19 1/2 x 14 1/2 in., in a grain-painted frame.
Condition: Few very minor spots.
Provenance: Bruce McGranahan, Contoocook, New Hampshire, February 6, 1981.
Literature: Jacqueline Oak, "American Folk Portraits in the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern," The Magazine Antiques, September 1982, p. 568.
Note: Sarah Flint of Wilton, New Hampshire, was born April 5, 1804, and died October 11, 1836. She married Reverend Warren Burton, June 26, 1828. Bascom painted portraits of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Flint (Sotheby's November 14 and 15, 1973, Lot 24). The original hairpiece illustrated on the sitter's head is included with this lot.
The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art
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