James Sharples (British/American, 1752-1811)
Pair of Portraits of Dr. Reuben Smith and His Son Elihu Smith. Unsigned. Pastel on paper, oval portraits, sight size 9 x 7 in., in oval gilt-gesso frames, the back of the frames retaining a Brooklyn Museum collection label. Condition: Very good.
Provenance: A prominent Cincinnati, Ohio, collector.
Note: A photcopied typewritten note by a descendant of the sitters, explains that Dr. Reuben Smith resided in Litchfield, Connecticut, and died of yellow fever in New York in 1798. It is thought that the portraits were done c. 1795. Dr. Elihu Smith, Reuben's only son resided in New York.