Pair of 19th century East Tennessee oil on canvas three-quarters length companion portraits, unsigned but possibly by William (John) Harrison Scarborough (TN/SC, 1812-1871). The gentleman is depicted wearing a tan suit coat and white shirt and the lady is depicted wearing a dark dress with an elaborate lace collar and lace cap. Housed in a period gilt and gesso frame having a rope twist outer edge and sight edge and a reeded central cove edge. Sight – 29 3/4" H x 24 1/2" W. Framed – 37 1/2" H x 32 1/4" W. Second quarter of the 19th century. CONDITION: Male portrait with overall craquelure and grime, rubbing the stretchers, rippling to lower left corner and some areas of paint exfoliation, primarily to face and center coat area and lower left quadrant. Repair with patch to man's forehead. One patch to canvas en verso. Female portrait with craquelure, 1 1/2" scratch to hair area, some scattered exfoliation to background and abrasions to lower left edge. Framed with minor touch ups.
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