Oil on canvas, possibly East Tennessee, bust length portrait of a young woman wearing a lace bonnet and black dress, against a plain reddish brown background. Incised "H. Gillespie" on stretcher, verso. "Lyzon" written on old label verso, likely for Lyzon Gallery framing, Nashville. Black light reveals possible scrawling handwriting across bottom of canvas, indistinct. Housed in an ebonized and carved giltwood frame attributed to master carver and Lyzon employee, Clarence Stringfield. 29" x 23" sight, 37" x 31" frame. American, circa 1830. Provenance: the estate of Delle Brown, Nashville, TN. Delle Brown and her late husband Malvern Brown were, for many years, the proprietors of Trace Tavern Antiques. Note: The Gillespie family was a prominent East Tennesssee family (Rhea, Washington, and Blount counties). CONDITION: Painting stable condition, relined. 8 losses to original canvas (tears, holes) repaired by patches or relining process with inpainting and fill. Glue outline evident en verso: 4 repairs across bottom, largest 1/4"H x 1"L; 3 in sitter's head area; and one to right of cap in background. 7" horizontal scratch center canvas to left of sitter. Frame abrasions with minor losses down left side and stretcher creases evident. See black light image.
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