Important full length oil on paper portrait of the 4th Chief Justice of the United States, John Marshall (1755-1835), attributed to William James Hubard (Virginia, 1807-1862). John Marshall was an American Revolutionary War patriot, politician and the Chief Justice of the United States (1801-1835). Marshall was also a friend and attorney to George Washington, and authored an early biography of the first President. This full length portrait is believed to be one of seven known copies of Hubard's best known likeness of Marshall, which is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Marshall is depicted seated in a red arm chair before a red drapery back drop and with landscape visible beyond. Unsigned. Stamped "Franck & Lundin Frames, Richmond, VA", en verso of canvas. Housed in a molded gilt wood and composition frame. Sight – 20 1/2" H x 15 3/8" W. Framed – 29 1/2" H x 23 3/4" W. Provenance: The Estate of Charles Boyd Coleman, Jr., Chattanooga, TN. Note: Descended in the family of Lewis Minor Coleman, Jr., son of CSA Lt. Col. Lewis M. Coleman and Mary Ambler Marshall, daughter of James K. Marshall and granddaughter of John Marshall (1755-1835). Lewis M. Coleman Jr. was also related to the family of Henry Dearborn by his marriage to Julia Wingate Boyd, daughter of Annette Maria Dearborn Boyd, who was the daughter of Greenleaf Dearborn (1786-1846) and great granddaughter of Henry Dearborn (1751-1829) on her mother's side. Biography (courtesy AskArt: The Artists' Bluebook): Known for his American portraits of historical interest, William Hubard was born in Warwick, England. In 1824, his early talent for cutting likenesses in paper resulted in him being brought to the United States. Gilbert Stuart persuaded Hubard to begin oil portraits, and with the encouragement of fellow artist Thomas Sully, he set up a studio as a portrait painter in 1829. He exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Boston Athanaeum. Between 1838 and 1851, he added genre and historical themes to his repertoire and in 1850 began sculpture. He built a foundry to produce bronzes of Jean-Antoine Houdon's marble statue of George Washington, but they sold poorly, leaving him in search of ways to supplement his income. When the Civil War began, Hubard retrofitted his foundry to manufacture rifles for the Confederacy, but was killed in an accidental explosion there. Description courtesy of Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc. CONDITION: Oil on paper laid on canvas, upper right edge re-adhered to stretcher. Scattered inpainting to face, collar, hands, and background (refer to blacklight photo). Light professional cleaning and re-varnish.
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