American, possibly Prior Hamblin School portrait, oil on canvas laid down on board. Bust length depiction of a woman with dark hair and dark grey eyes, wearing a dark blue dress, white bonnet, and several pieces of jewelry including two rings, a watch fob and brooch. Unsigned. Housed in a gilt wood frame. Sight – 24 3/4" H x 19 5/8" W. Framed – 31" H x 25 1/2" W. Second quarter 19th century. CONDITION: Painting professionally restored and revarnished by Robert Tharp of Lexington, VA in 1989, but several condition issues remain visible under close inspection. Painting has been cut down, leaving a gap across top, under frame. Several scattered flakes with inpainting repair, including up to 1/2" at collar, brooch, cheek, chin, and hand. Apparent repaired L shaped tear or filled crack running width of painting across most of subject's collar. 2" light scratch to cheek. Cracquelure throughout. Frame regilded.
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