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Man Holding a Red Bible, Attributed to Royal Brewster Smith, Folk Portrait
Likely Maine, Circa 1830
Oil on canvas

Antique Portrait of a Man Holding a Bible, Attributed to Royal Brewster Smith, Circa 1830, close up view

Literature: Painted by Royall B. Smith by Arthur and Sybil Kern, The Clarion, America’s Folk Art Magazine; pp. 48 to 55.

Exhibited: Where Liberty Dwells: 19th-Centry Art by the American People, Works of Art from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Tillou, 1976; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, New York.

(Very good condition, lined, scattered and minor fill; 30.25 by 25.25”)



Antique Portrait of a Man Holding a Bible, Attributed to Royal Brewster Smith, Circa 1830, entire view
Antique Portrait of a Man Holding a Bible, Attributed to Royal Brewster Smith, Circa 1830, bible detail

Samuel Howes, Folk Art Portrait, Boy Holding a Bible, Published
Attributed to Samuel P. Howes (1806 to 1881) Circa 1840
Oil on canvas
The boy wears a green skeleton suit and is holding a bible with a red cover

Literature: Samuel P. Howes Portrait Painter, Whistler House Museum
Lowell, Massachusetts (Exhibit-April 6-May 31, 1986) Page 18, checklist 23.
(Very good condition with craquelure except along the edges (which were covered by the original frame). There are two small patches on the reverse with corresponding small spots of in-painting to the background. The painting displays beautifully. The view area is approximately 21.25” by 26.5”, overall size: 27.25 by 32.5”.)



Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes

Prior/Hamblen Portrait, Young Boy, Sturtevant Hamblen, Folk Art
Probably Boston Area, Mid 19th Century
Sturtevant J. Hamblen (also Hamblin, William Mathew Prior brother in law)
Typically sensitive and innocent child in plaid jacket
Oil on canvas, original stretcher, within appropriate period frame - SOLD

(Excellent condition; Frame: 22 by 26.25"; view: 15.25 by 19.25")

216-487 - SOLD

William Mathew Prior, Portrait of Mature and Agreeable Lady
Attributed to W.M. Prior (1806 to 1873)
Mid 19th Century
Oil on paperboard, original condition, possibly original frame - SOLD

(Frame: 16 by 20"; view: 9.5 by 13.5")

648-3 - SOLD

Portrait of a Boy in Blue
Oil on Canvas
Found In Bennington, Vermont - SOLD

Oil on canvas portrait of a young boy wearing a blue jacket, large white collar and black bow tie, painted with a faux mat, period gilded frame, very good condition.
(22.25-inches x 19-inches framed, 17.75-inches x 14.5-inches view.)

448-13 - SOLD

Portrait Of Young Woman
William Mathew Prior (1806-1873)
Oil on artist board

As depicted, attractive young lady.
The work remains in fine original condition and is mounted within period rosewood grain painted frame. (Frame: 15 x 19.25 inches; view: 9.5 x 13.75 inches.)

216-369 - SOLD

Prior-Hamblin School
Portrait of young boy
Oil On Board - SOLD

As depicted, handsome boy; probably by E.W. Blake of Boston.
Outstanding original condition; mounted within veneered frame.
See: American Naive paintings, National Gallery of Art, active artists of the Prior-Hamblin School, page 308; See Clara Endicott Sears, Some American Primitives, 287, 291; and Nancy Muller, Paintings and Drawings at the Shelburne Museum, number 62.
(Frame: 16.5 x 12.5 inches; view: 13.5 x 9.5 inches.)

216-380 - SOLD

An Attractive Couple
Attributed to William Mathew Prior
Mid-Nineteenth Century - SOLD

As depicted, an agreeable couple...oil on academy board. Both works remain in fine original condition and are mounted within period mahogany veneer frames.
Man: Frame: 17 x 21 inches; view: 11.5 x 15.5 inches
Woman: Frame: 17.25 x 21.5 inches; view: 11.5 x 15.75 inches.

467-11 - SOLD

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