02-17-2008 02-17-2008
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2397 Boston
February 17, 2008 11:00AMCalender
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American School, Massachusetts, early 19th Century Watercolor Memorial Picture for Benjamin Witt of Braintree, Massachusetts.

$20,145$17,000
Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2397 Location: Boston Date / Time: February 17, 2008 11:00AM

Description:

American School, Massachusetts, early 19th Century

Watercolor Memorial Picture for Benjamin Witt of Braintree, Massachusetts. Unsigned. Watercolor and ink on paper, oval scene depicting a woman grieving beside an urn-topped monument inscribed "Affectionately inscribed to the Memory of BENJAMIN WITT, who died April 17th 1818. Aged 68 Years." with a weeping willow, river, and town in the background, sight size 13 1/2 x 17 in., in a likely original black and gilt eglomise mat and period molded giltwood frame. Condition: Laid down onto panel, minor toning, minor foxing.

Note: According to genealogical records Benjamin Witt was the fourth child of seven born to John and Sarah (Ivory) Witt in Brookfield, Massachusetts on August 15 1750. He Married Olivia Campbell January 22, 1787 in Oxford, Massachusets and together they had nine children. He died April 17, 1818.
Estimate $6,000-8,000

Keywords

Benjamin Witt, Massachusetts, American School, Braintree, Brookfield, John Witt, Sarah (Ivory) Witt, Olivia Campbell January, Oxford