Lot 1257
American School (circa 1830), Portrait of a Woman with Bible
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Oil on canvas (lined), unsigned, presented within a period appropriate frame.

Frame dimensions 35 3/4 x 30 3/4 in.

An interesting American school portrait, possibly depicting a woman who experienced a stroke. Her eye and the corner of her mouth on her proper left side show signs of drooping, a common sign of a stroke. She is depicted seated in a stenciled fancy chair, which is quite out of scale for her size. Her pious nature is communicated through the Bible she holds in one hand and her restrained clothing and head covering. The wire-rimmed spectacles serve to

Air pockets between original canvas and lining; yellowing varnish; scattered retouch visible under UV light.