Lot 163
William Jennys (American, 1774-1859), A Pair of Identified Portraits
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Oil on canvas laid on panel, unsigned, late 18th century, presented in period gilt frames with composition ornament.

Panel 30 1/4 x 24 1/2 in.; Frame dimensions 37 1/4 x 32 1/4 in.

This pair of portraits depict Elisha Mills (1732-1816) and his wife Mary de Forest (1729-1817) of Huntington, Connecticut.

Elisha Mills was a prominent merchant in Ripton Center, where he owned a large store and earned the nickname "Squire Mills." He served as a representative to the General Assembly and was present at the Hartford Ratification of the Constitution on January 9, 1788.

A recent re-discovery, this pair of portraits were illustrated in A Walloon Family in America by Mrs. Robert W. DeForest, New York. Originally attributed to Richard Jennys, they were listed as belonging to Catherine L. Mills who died in Corning, New York in 1917.

Both with extensive cleaning, but minimal retouch visible under UV light; frames with some chipping and retouch, but overall in good estate condition.

$1,000 - 3,000