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Companion pair of charcoal profile portraits on paper, unsigned but attributed to Charles Burton (1782 – after 1847) depicting Captain David Evans Moore (1797 – 1875) and his wife Elizabeth M. Harvey Moore (1809 – 1888) of Lexington County, Virginia. Sitter names inscribed en verso. Housed in simple (later) wooden frames. Sight – 5" H x 4 1/4" W. Framed – 7" H x 6 1/4" W. History: The male subject, Andrew Moore, hailed from an important family. He was the son of Senator Andrew Moore (1752 – 1821) and Sarah McDowell Moore. Andrew Moore was an American lawyer and politician from Lexington, Virginia. He rose to the rank of captain in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, seeing action at Saratoga. After the war he was eventually commissioned a major general in the Virginia militia. He was a delegate to the Virginia convention that ratified the United States Constitution in 1788. He represented Virginia in both the U.S. House (1789-97, 1804) and the U.S. Senate (1804-1809). His son David Evans Moore (the subject) was the Commonwealth Attorney for Rockbridge County, Virginia and is buried in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery. Artist information (Courtesy of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts): London-born Charles Burton (1782-after 1847) received some training at the Royal Academy before immigrating to New York around 1817. Once in America, he abandoned oils for graphite and watercolor, and began traveling to find work between New York and Virginia. His works, which are rarely signed, are typically skilled, detailed, and finely shadowed, with the subject nearly always depicted in a "Fancy" painted chair. Burton's portraits are in several museum collections including The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center at Colonial Williamsburg. Condition: Both examined out of frame and no signature found. Overall toning to paper of both, otherwise overall good condition. Female portrait with couple of small areas of color difference noted on left margin. Housed in older but not period frames. Frames fitted with older handmade glass. CONDITION: Both examined out of frame and no signature found. Overall toning to paper of both, otherwise overall good condition. Female portrait with couple of small areas of color difference noted on left margin. Housed in older but not period frames. Frames fitted with older handmade glass.