10-28-2012 10-28-2012
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2618B Boston
October 28, 2012 10:00AMCalender
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James Sharples (British/American, 1752-1811) Pair of Portraits of Dr. Reuben Smith and His Son Elihu Smith.

$7,200$6,000
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, Ohio, Cincinnati, Litchfield, yellow fever, Connecticut