American or European School, early 19th century pair of oil on canvas portraits depicting a middle aged gentleman and lady, presumably a married couple. The gentleman wears a dark coat and mustard yellow vest and holds a letter, with inkwell on table beside him. The lady is dressed in empire-waisted dress with a white bonnet and ruffled collar. Both are housed in later giltwood frames with carved laurel molding at rabbet edge. Circa 1800. Sight – 11 1/2" H x 8 1/4" W. Framed – 15 1/2" H x 12 1/4" W. CONDITION: Portrait of a lady has been backed with a board. Both paintings with craquelure, stretcher marks, and a few scattered tiny flakes. UV light reveals overpaint to man's hair and 1" repair to jacket area. Restoration and/or infill painting to line across lady's face. Some infill painting to background, along left edge.
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