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American School, Early 19th Century Portrait of James Clark Todd (1806-1849).

Auction:
2786B
Lot:
52
Sold for:
$2,460$2,000

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2786B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
March 01, 2015 10:00AM

Description:

American School, Early 19th Century

Portrait of James Clark Todd (1806-1849). Unsigned, the subject identified in a modern inscription on the reverse. Oil on canvas, the boy shown full-length resting with his right elbow on a table, his left arm held at his side, a hat in his left hand, and his legs crossed, to his left a pedestal with an urn of flowers, all on a patterned carpet, 50 1/2 x 32 1/2 in., in a molded giltwood frame, together with three Todd family leather-cased daguerreotype portraits, one reportedly depicting James Clark Todd as a young gentleman. Condition: Laid down to aluminum, retouch throughout.

Provenance: James Clark Todd was the father of Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd, who was a favorite cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln. According to the famiy, Dr. Todd was in attendence at President Abraham Lincoln's deathbed. The portrait has descended in the family of the sitter.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

retouch to address losses due to paint flaking mostly, as well as at least one tear (to left of and below urn).


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

James Clark Todd, American School, Lyman Beecher Todd, Mary Todd Lincoln, President, Abraham Lincoln

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