Attributed to Robert Edge Pine (Pennsylvania/Britain, 1730-1788) oil on canvas painting depicting Mrs. Rebekah Bass nee Branch, wife of Mr. Robert Bass of New York. The bust length painting depicts Mrs. Bass in a late 18th century dress and wig, with landscape background, including a two story house behind a white picket fence. Unsigned. Housed in a carved and giltwood frame by Heydenryk, New York. Also includes a copy of the exhibition catalog "Robert Edge Pine, A British Portrait Painter in America 1784-1788" by Robert G. Stewart, published for the National Portrait Gallery by the Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 1979. Sight – 25 1/2" H x 21 1/2" W. Framed – 31 1/4" H x 26 3/4" W. Catalog – 11 1/4" H x 8 5/8" W x 5/8" D. Late 18th century. Provenance: Mrs. Charles B. Goldsborough, great-grandaughter of the subject; Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Goldsborough, Pelham, New York/Darien, Connecticut; Mrs. Russell Wetmore (Marta Goldsborough), Darien, Connecticut; Estate of C. Malcolm Watkins, Former curator of American Material Culture, Smithsonian Institution; Private Collection. Note: Rebekah Branch and Robert Bass were married on January 12, 1773 according a registry of New York Marriages, Vol. XX, page 7. CONDITION: Painting in overall good condition. Relined and restretched on old stretcher. Overall craquelure to surface of canvas. Areas of retouching to face and other areas affecting approximately 15% of surface. Some skinning, cupping. Catalog in overall good condition. See black light photo.
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