Pair of detailed Kentucky Antebellum watercolor portraits; inscriptions on back identify the subjects as John W. Doan and Sarah Elizabeth (Perry) Doan, with additional inscription that the works were painted Oct. 28th and November 1857 (about a month before the couple were married in Pendleton County, KY). The subjects are depicted standing in stylish attire (dark suit, blue dress), each with their hands resting atop a console table with base carved as an outstretched eagle's wing. A book rests on the table in Mr. Doan's portrait, and a vase of flowers in Miss Perry's. Both are unsigned. Each portrait is housed in an old dark grain-painted frame. 9 1/2" x 7 3/4" sight, 11 5/8" x 9 3/4" framed. Accompanying this pair of paintings is a file of genealogical information. It states that John W. Doan (alternately listed in genealogical information as Doane) was born in 1836 in Bath County, KY, to Letha Doan (father's name unknown). His wife was also born in Bath County, to Absalom and Elizabeth Perry. The Perry family were early pioneer settlers of the state. Sarah was the granddaughter of Elijah and Nancy Perry of Woodford County, KY. By 1861, John and Sarah had moved to Wildcat, Indiana. They had four children. John Perry enlisted in the 25th Infantry Regt. in 1862 and served with the Union Army. He mustered out on June 6, 1865. John Doane died in 1911 and Sarah Elizabeth Doane in 1919. They are buried in Lambirth Cemetery, Henry County, Iowa. CONDITION: Some toning and light grime to paper, edge wear and corner losses to frame. Overall very good condition.
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