Two American early 19th century watercolor profile portraits, manner of Charles St. Memin, each depicting a woman with tightly curled hair in a blue and white bonnet and a dark blue dress. Note on a piece of paper found along with the portraits reads "For Capt. Wright Allen McLane N. York Hotel". Housed under glass with velvet mats, gilt preservers, and gutta percha frames, all within contemporary black painted shadowbox wooden frames. Sight – 4" H x 3" W. Framed – 9 1/2" H x 8 1/2". The enclosed note may refer to Capt. Allen McLane (1746-1829), an officer in the Continental Army. He served in Washington's army in New York as Lieutanant and Adjutant of Caesar Rodney's militia regiment. After the Revolutionary War, he was named US Marshal of Delaware and Collector of the Port of Wilmington. A painting of McLane being ambushed, painted by artist James Peale, is in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. CONDITION: Minute foxing, surface of portraits. Back of frames secured by duct tape, not examined out of frames.
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