Attr. John Wesley Jarvis (American, 1780-1838), oil on canvas half length portrait of a woman identified en verso as Maria Holmes. The subject is depicted in a black dress with lace shawl, her body angled slightly to her right, with part of a red painted chair visible behind her. Unsigned. Antique, possibly original Sully style lemon gilt molded frame. Old label verso reads "National Galleries Inc. 5/24/33 Portrait of the Famous Author Maria Holmes, American 1780-1834) John W. Jarvis # 35 $6." Sight – 28 1/4" x 24 1/4". Framed – 32" x 28". Provenance: a Nashville, TN estate. CONDITION: Lined, with one 1" x 1 1/4" patch in subject's hair and another of similar size in the background, upper left quadrant. Overall moderate cracquelure. Scattered minor inpainting to background (see black light phot). Frame has several chips up to 1"L and surface crazing.
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