Attributed to Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl, oil on canvas portrait of Joseph Blackwell Stanton (1787-1860), founder of Stanton, Tennessee, likely painted while he was living in Maury County, TN in the 1820s. The middle aged subject is depicted wearing a black jacket and tie, and holding a flute or other wind instrument; in the background is a valley with hills or mountaintops rising up on either side and a river or clouds below. Original wide molded wood frame with later painted surface. 29 3/4" H x 23 7/8" W canvas, 37" H x 31" W frame. Provenance: Consignor is a direct descendant of Joseph Blackwell Stanton. Note: according to oral history, the landscape in the background depicts the Smoky Mountains, possibly Lindsey Gap between Cosby and Blufton. The frame was said to have been hand made by slaves on the Stanton plantation. Ref. The Tennessee Portrait Project, #1926. CONDITION: Lined; narrow area of paint loss 1 3/8" x 1/8" at right center edge of canvas (not visible when framed). Areas of overpainting to hair at top of head, lapels of coat, and left sleeve. See black light image.
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