Offered by: Allan Katz Americana
363 Boston Post Road Madison, CT 06443 , United States Call Seller 203.494.3359


Family Portrait

Price Upon Request
  • Description
    An unusual rendering of a family closely yet comfortably composed in three-quarter length. The pastel colors are brilliant, lifelike and with a clarity that is undiminished after nearly two hundred years. An interpretation of this artwork is intriguing. The foreground depicts three children all having blue eyes. The background exhibits three people, two of whom have blue eyes while the middle young man has brown eyes. The science of genetics has proved that the young man in the middle can't be the elder son of the two older people as they both have blue eyes and two blued eyed people will only produce blue eyed children. Can the young man in the middle possibly be an elder son of the father from a former marriage? After all, he appears wedged in-between the gentleman and the woman suppressing his full face. The girl in a white dress holds pink roses, one open and one emerging. She is held tightly by the mother.The two boys both are in brilliant colors holding everyday objects. The boy in the middle holds a woven rattle ball; the boy on the right holds a slightly opened book penciled '39'. The "39' is unlikely random yet of unknown significance.

    American/possibly Continental

    We welcome your interpretation.
  • More Information
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Pastel on paper in period gilt frame.
    Condition: Excellent. Untouched original condition.
    Creation Date: Circa 1830
    Styles / Movements: Folk Art
    Incollect Reference #: 104327
  • Dimensions
    W. 18.75 in; H. 26.25 in;
    W. 47.63 cm; H. 66.68 cm;
Message from Seller:

A passionate collector and a successful and respected dealer in early American advertising since 1973, Allan expanded this passion to include collecting period American folk art and Americana. He subsequently became a dealer in this material in 1985. Allan has earned a reputation, in both the dealer and collector communities, as being an authority in this subject matter, for having extensive knowledge, a keen eye for the material and a love for this exciting American art form.

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