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March 2, 2019 10:00 AMCalender

Royal Brewster Smith (Maine, 1801-1855) Portrait of an Older Woman with a Bible

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 3222B Location: Boston Date / Time: March 02, 2019 10:00AM


Royal Brewster Smith (Maine, 1801-1855)

Portrait of an Older Woman with a Bible
Oil on canvas, 31 x 26 in., in a carved and black-painted frame with gilt liner.
Condition: Relined, repaired horizontal tear across face with associated retouch and scattered spots of retouch.

Provenance: Don and Faye Walters, Goshen, Indiana, March 23, 1980.

Literature: Jacqueline Oak, "American Folk Portraits from the Collection of Sybil B. and Arthur B. Kern," The Magazine Antiques, September 1982, p. 567; Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, "Genealogical and Historical Research: On the Importance of Genealogical Methodology in Researching Early New England Folk Portraitists," in The Art of the Family: Genealogical Artifacts in New England (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001), p. 263.

Exhibitions: Rhode Island Collects Paper, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, March 7-April 27, 1986.
Provenance: The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art.
Estimate $600-800

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Arthur B. Kern, Sybil B. Kern, Don Walters, Faye Walters, Jacqueline Oak, Goshen