Early 19th century American oil on canvas portrait painting of a dark haired gentleman depicted in a dark suit with white shirt and black tie. Unsigned. Faint pencil inscriptions, en verso reading "For Mrs. Emily Boyd/From Ms. Mary J. E. Clapp". Housed in a gilt frame with carved grapevine and acanthus adornments. Sight – 28 1/2" H x 22" W. Framed – 38 1/2" H x 32 1/8" W. Provenance: Estate of Charles Boyd Coleman, Jr., Chattanooga, TN, by descent from Lewis Minor Coleman and his wife, Mary Ambler Marshall Coleman (daughter of James K. Marshall and granddaughter of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall (1755-1835); their son, Lewis M. Coleman Jr. was related to the family of U.S. War Secretary Major General Henry Dearborn (1751-1829) by his marriage to Julia Wingate Boyd, daughter of Annette Maria Dearborn Boyd. Annette was the daughter of Greenleaf Dearborn (1786-1846) and his wife Pamela August Gilman (1802-1880) and was the great-granddaughter of Gen. Dearborn on her mother's side). Note: Emily Dearborn Boyd was the daughter of Annette Maria Dearborn Boyd and Charles Harrod Boyd and an unmarried niece of Mary Jane Emerson Clapp (1835-1922), who bequethed this painting to Boyd. Mary Jane Emerson Clapp was the daughter of Asa William Henry Clapp and Julia Margaretta Dearborn Clapp. Mary J. E. Clapp never married and in her will left her possessions to nieces and nephews who had never been divorced. (source: Maine Historical Society) CONDITION: Heavy craquelure with bullseye crackle in center of sitter's chest. Stretcher creases with painting lifting in bottom left quadrant. Discolored varnish to sitter's shirt. Significant grime to surface of canvas with possible mold stains. Not relined.
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