|Peggy McClard Antiques
Americana & Folk Art
|Naïve watercolor portrait of a young woman in a yellow dress, white
bonnet with yellow ribbons, white collar, brunette ringlets.
Taking the portrait out of the frame, however, revealed the true green
color of the lady's dress. Greens and browns seen to be the least
fade resistant of early paint colors. Regardless, if you are a
collector of folk portraits, yellow is an uncommon color for 19th
century clothing and the portrait will add a splash of a different color
to your collection!
The frame is backed by paper (turned towards inside of frame) reading in part "…dult Orphan Institution, 1836". I don't know whether the sitter had any connection to the Orphan Institute as the paper was apparently added as backing paper. She may, however, have lived in same town as the Institute or the artist may have been from that town. Doubtless, the date 1836 is pretty close to the date of the portrait. In a likely original rosewood veneer frame with flat profile and gilt liner, 4 7/8” x 6”.
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