Group of three (3) oil on artist's board paintings, all attributed to Quaker artist, Marcus Mote (Ohio, 1817-1898). 1st item: Profile half-portrait of woman wearing a sheer bonnet and facing right, signed and dated, 1894, en verso. Written on back "Painted by Marcus Mote For her Children. From negative taken from life in 1867, when in her 46 year. now 1894". Housed in a white-washed and gilt trim frame. Sight – 17" H x 13 5/8" W. Framed – 19 3/4" H x 16 3/8" W. American, third quarter 19th century. 2nd item: Self-portrait, half-portrait image seated gentleman with reddish-blonde hair and wearing dark suit. Unsigned. Dates 1867 and 1892, hand-painted, lower left corner. Image mounted to larger background board. Housed in a white-washed and gilt trim frame. Sight – 12" H x 9 1/4" W. Framed – 14 3/4" H x 12" W. American, 3rd quarter, 19th century. 3rd item: Riverscape with large rocks and fallen tree on one bank and lush greenery in background. Unsigned. Housed in a period molded stained frame, likely original. Sight – 12" H x 20 3/4" W. Framed – 14" H x 23 3/4" W. American, third quarter 19th century. Biography: Marcus Mote was born in Miami County, Ohio, the son of a Quaker farmer and cabinetmaker. He was raised in a strict Quaker household where art was not encouraged. In spite of this, he chose art as his career, eventually becoming a self-taught painter of miniature portraits, landscapes, panoramas, biblical scenes and ornamental works. He was also a pen artist, engraver, daguerreotypist and teacher of drawing and painting. (source: indianahistory.org) Provenance: By descent from a Quaker family with the surname Jones, that lived in the same Quaker town, West Milton, Ohio, as Mote. CONDITION: Surface grime to all works. 1st item: Some surface wear and light scratches, note scratch along left side face. Heavy varnish lower left and right quadrants. 2nd item: Surface scratches to left and right of figure in background and deeper scratch at lower center in cape. 3rd item: Overall surface grime to canvas and some wear to frame.
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