Two (2) Martha Key (American, 19th Century) watercolor on paper profile portraits, one (1) titled and numbered "Alexander Macomb 883" and one (1) titled and numbered "Gentleman of 1840 883". Each painting depicts a man in fashionable mid 19th century clothing against a plain background, one depicting United States General Alexander Macomb. Both with Borghese gallery labels with typed artist's name, title, and number information, en verso. Both housed under glass with black and gilt printed borders in gilt wood frames. Sight – 11 5/8" H x 8 3/4" W. Framed – 13 5/8" H x 10 3/4" W x 1 1/4" D. Early/mid 19th century. Note: Alexander Macomb (1782-1841) was the Commanding General of the United States Army from May 29, 1828 until his death on June 25, 1841. Macomb was the field commander at the Battle of Plattsburgh during the War of 1812 and, after the stunning victory, was lauded with praise and styled "The Hero of Plattsburgh" by some of the American press. He was promoted to Major General for his conduct, receiving both the Thanks of Congress and a Congressional Gold Medal. Provenance: Estate of Martha Lyman, Dayton, TN. CONDITION: Overall good condition with foxing spots, slight waviness to paper. Painted borders and frame with areas of loss. Not examined outside of frames.
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