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French/American School, Early 19th Century Miniature Portrait of General George Washington

Auction:
3278M
Lot:
672
Sold for:
$1,968$1,600

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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 3278M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
August 12, 2019 10:00AM

Description:

French/American School, Early 19th Century

Miniature Portrait of General George Washington
Spurious signature along the left edge.
Watercolor and gouache on paper, 2 5/8 x 2 1/8 in., in a molded gilt-brass frame with textured mat and liner.
Condition: Mount with the image separated from frame; no obvious damage or retouch.

Provenance: The family in which the miniature descended is related to General Jacob Morgan (1742-1802). Morgan was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania. He moved to Philadelphia in the 1760s and became a successful merchant. In December 1776 he was appointed Colonel and commander of the 1st Battalion of Associators of the City of Philadelphia. He fought in the Battles of Princeton and Monmouth. After the war, he returned to private business and ran one of the country's first sugar refineries.

In this portrait, Washington is depicted bust length, facing to the left and wearing a blue General's uniform with buff facings and gold epaulette. The background consists of a sky mottled in tones of blue and brown.
Estimate $3,000-5,000


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Keywords

Jacob Morgan, Charles Balthazar Julien, Philadelphia, France, Artists, Associators, Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin, George Washington, Julien, Military personnel, Portrait miniature, Visual arts

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