Oil on canvas portrait, possibly Southern, of two dark haired children playing with a kitten, the eldest seated in a chair and wearing a dark blue dress with gold cross on chain, the younger standing and wearing a white dress with red sash, gold cross on chain, and gold sleeve clips. An architectural balustrade and column is visible behind them, and a landscape with trees is in the background. Unsigned. Likely original gold leaf frame with rope, cove and ribbon molding. 47" x 37" sight, 54" x 45" framed. 2nd quarter 19th century. Provenance: private Michigan collection; private Florida collection, acquired from a Charleston, South Carolina collection. CONDITION: Lined, with scattered minor craquelure. Blacklight reveals multiple small spots of inpainting to sides of older subject's face, hair, and right foot, with 2" spot of inpaint to her left arm and smaller area to right arm; some possible inpainting to center background above cat, a few smaller spots of inpainting to younger subject's neck and cheek and two larger spots of inpaint to sash; scattered minor background inpaint. Frame likely regilt, with scattered losses.
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