19th century oil on canvas painting, unsigned, manner of Conrad Wise Chapman (American, 1842-1910), depicting a Conestoga wagon traveling along a rural road. One traveler is walking beside the wagon and talking to a dark-skinned, possibly African American woman while another dark-skinned woman harvests in the nearby field. Later molded giltwood frame. 15-1/2? x 8-1/4? sight, 19-1/2? x 12-1/4? framed. Note: Washington, DC-born painter Conrad Chapman trained in Rome, but returned to Virginia in 1861 to enlist in the Confederate Army. During the war he completed 31 small landscapes giving a pictorial record of the Confederate defenses around Charleston. After the war, he followed General John B. Magruder to Mexico, and for seven years, painted landscape depictions of the Valley of Mexico, the first American artist to do so. Provenance: the estate of Helen B. Patterson, Gallatin, Tennessee. Condition: Good condition with old wax relining and some craquelure. Not examined out of frame.
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