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James Sharples (British/American, 1752-1811) Pair of Portraits of Dr. Reuben Smith and His Son Elihu Smith.

Auction:
2618B
Lot:
146
Sold for:
$7,200$6,000

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2618B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
October 28, 2012 10:00AM

Description:

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.
Estimate $2,500-3,500

Keywords

Reuben Smith, Elihu Smith, James Sharples, Cincinnati, Ohio, Connecticut, Litchfield, yellow fever

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