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DOUBLE PORTRAIT OF JUDGE SAMUEL SHEPARD AND LUCY WRIGHT SHEPARD
Attributed to William Henry Browne
Panton, Vermont, Circa 1837


DOUBLE PORTRAIT OF JUDGE SAMUEL SHEPARD AND LUCY WRIGHT SHEPARD Attributed to William Henry Browne Panton, Vermont, Circa 1837, entire view

Additional Information: Oil on canvas, 32 x 49 inches
Reproduction mahogany and cherry frame

Samuel Shepard was born in Simsbury, Connecticut on May 29, 1768, and died at
Panton, Addison County, Vermont on December 29, 1858, at the age of 90 years 7
months. He married first at Panton, Vermont on August 19, 1790, to Rachel Grandy
who was born at Panton, Vermont about 1772 and died there on March 29, 1810, aged
37. Married second at Weybridge, Vermont on June 19, 1810, to Lucy Wright born at
Weybridge April 20, 1785, died at Panton January 12, 1848, aged 62 years 9 months.

About the time of his first marriage in 1790, Samuel Shepard built a small house near
that of his late father’s residence in Panton, Vermont, where he lived until the
completion of a larger house in 1815, which at the time was the most expensive one in
the town. Between 1795 and the time of his death in 1858, he held numerous public
offices, including constable (1795-1802), town clerk (1803-1817), town representative
(1804, 1807-1814, 1816-1818) and a justice of the peace for more than forty years. In
1812 he was appointed by the legislature one of the assistance judges of the County
Court; and he and his wife were among the ten members who united to form the first
Baptist church, of which he was a member at the time of his death.

Very little is known about the itinerant artist W. H. Browne [there are other artists with
the name “William H. Brown,” however, those artists do not have an “e” at the end of
their name. Using ancestry.com the author believes he has identified the “best
candidate” in New England for the period 1800-1850. He was born in Sudbury,
Massachusetts, on July 17, 1803, to William and Ruth Dakin Browne. He married Sarah
Sally Lovering on March 13, 1834, also in Sudbury. Census records indicate that he, or
at a minimum, a man with the same name, resided at rear 117 Chambers in Boston in
1840 and identified him as a “carver.” Mr. Browne died on April 10, 1842.

Very few works have been identified as painted by Mr. Browne. The works found to
date indicate that he painted portraits in oils, on both wood panels and on canvas; he
appeared to paint during the period of 1820-1840; and, based on his sitters, he traveled
in the upstate Vermont and upstate New York regions as well as painted in
Massachusetts. There has been speculation that he may have been a decorative
painter by trade, but the 1840 census record showed that he signed that record
indicating that he was a carver.

Provenance:
By descent in the Shepard-Tappen family
Kennedy Galleries, New York, 1975
Marvill collection, New York
David A. Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles
Private Collection
Antiques Associates At West Townsend
Fradkin Collection

Literature:
The Kennedy Quarterly, Volume XIII, Number Four, February 1975, p. 180, illustrated

References cited:
Obituary of Samuel Shepard in The Vergennes Citizen January 7, 1858
Abby Maria Hemenway, Ed., The Vermont Historical Gazetteer: A Magazine embracing
A History of Each Town, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Biographical and Military, Volume I

(Burlington, VT, 1868), p. 83
H. P. Smith, Ed., History of Addison County Vermont (Syracuse, NY, 1886), pages 585,
587,
Gerald Faulkner Shepard, The Shepard Families of New England, Volume II, (New
Haven, CT, 1972), p. 85.

*Please ask to see 9-page article discussing Browne and depicting other works by the
artist.

For additional information please email or call David Hillier
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978-597-8084

608-71


DOUBLE PORTRAIT OF JUDGE SAMUEL SHEPARD AND LUCY WRIGHT SHEPARD Attributed to William Henry Browne Panton, Vermont, Circa 1837, detail view woman

DOUBLE PORTRAIT OF JUDGE SAMUEL SHEPARD AND LUCY WRIGHT SHEPARD Attributed to William Henry Browne Panton, Vermont, Circa 1837, detail view man



Folk Art, Pair of Portraits, Man and Woman, Micah Williams, Original Frames
A successful itinerant artist working primarily in Middlesex and Monmouth
counties, New Jersey. (Micah Williams, 1782-1837)
Date/Period: Newspaper dated 1828 [Essex & Bergen Advertiser]


Folk Art, Pair of Portraits, Man and Woman, Micah Williams, Original Frames A successful itinerant artist working primarily in Middlesex and Monmouth counties, New Jersey. (Micah Williams, 1782-1837), entire view

Measurement: Frame: 27.5" x 31.5"; view: 21.5" x 25.5"

Material: Pastel

Condition: Fine condition, frames appear to be original; a tear in the lady’s book was
expertly repaired by the paper Conservation Studio in New York City.

Additional Information: This pair of well-conceived intimate portraits of local New
Jersey residents taken in the early nineteenth century are exceptional examples of
Micah Williams' pastel renderings; the agreeable and pleasing subjects display a
sophisticated handling of the sitter’s facial features. The subjects are painted in a
slightly canted frontal pose…slightly turned, displaying strong color. The portraits are
mounted within handsome frames. Those of Williams portraits which in their original
frames reveal a distinctive and consistent manner of layering and affixing the portrait
first to a newspaper backing then to the frame and finally to more newspaper (see
Anderson, A Loving Likeness: American Folk Portraits of the Nineteenth
Century
(Princeton, 1992), p. 40). Williams made his own pastel pigments, therefore
there is some color consistency to his work.

Literature: See Micah Williams – Portrait Artist, Bernadette Rogoff, Monmouth County Historical Association.

$19,500.00

1359-3


Folk Art, Pair of Portraits, Man and Woman, Micah Williams, Original Frames A successful itinerant artist working primarily in Middlesex and Monmouth counties, New Jersey. (Micah Williams, 1782-1837), entire view 2

Folk Art, Pair of Portraits, Man and Woman, Micah Williams, Original Frames A successful itinerant artist working primarily in Middlesex and Monmouth counties, New Jersey. (Micah Williams, 1782-1837), entire view sans frame

Folk Art, Pair of Portraits, Man and Woman, Micah Williams, Original Frames A successful itinerant artist working primarily in Middlesex and Monmouth counties, New Jersey. (Micah Williams, 1782-1837), man back

Folk Art, Pair of Portraits, Man and Woman, Micah Williams, Original Frames A successful itinerant artist working primarily in Middlesex and Monmouth counties, New Jersey. (Micah Williams, 1782-1837), man back detail

Folk Art, Pair of Portraits, Man and Woman, Micah Williams, Original Frames A successful itinerant artist working primarily in Middlesex and Monmouth counties, New Jersey. (Micah Williams, 1782-1837), woman back

Folk Art, Pair of Portraits, Man and Woman, Micah Williams, Original Frames A successful itinerant artist working primarily in Middlesex and Monmouth counties, New Jersey. (Micah Williams, 1782-1837), woman back detail

Folk Art, Pair of Portraits, Man and Woman, Micah Williams, Original Frames A successful itinerant artist working primarily in Middlesex and Monmouth counties, New Jersey. (Micah Williams, 1782-1837), woman orginal backing



Portrait, ‘Johannes Wendell, Albany, N. America’ 1719…SPECTACULAR
American School, Anonymous
Date/Period: 1719


Portrait, ‘Johannes Wendell, Albany, N. America’ 1719…SPECTACULAR American School, Anonymous, entire view

Measurement: Frame: 56.75" x 46.5"; view: 45.5" x 37.25"

Material: Oil on canvas, outstanding carved and gilt frame

Condition: Excellent, extremely minor and few…scattered areas of in-paint

Additional Information: Portrait inscribed 'Johannes Wendell, Albany, N. America.'
The envelope on which this is inscribed is post marked 'Amsterdam 1719'. It descended
in the family of origin until 2013. Although Wendell lived in Albany, he was a factor in the
family business in Boston, it is very possible that this picture was painted in the Boston
area. There are a considerable number of portraits extant from Albany dating to the
circa 1718-1745 period by four known limners, whose styles are not equal to the quality
of this portrait. At the time of this writing, we cannot assign an attribution to the colonial
limner’s hand.

Call David at 978.597.8084 or email: drh@aaawt.com

1300-5


Portrait, ‘Johannes Wendell, Albany, N. America’ 1719…SPECTACULAR American School, Anonymous, detail view



Joseph Blackburn, Portrait, Lady in Blue


Joseph Blackburn, Portrait, Lady in Blue, entire view

Attributed to Joseph Blackburn (Active 1752 through 1777)
Oil on canvas
The appeal of Blackburn’s work is apparent in this half-length portrait of a stylish young
lady with fashionably rouged cheeks rendered in an elegant pose; a pinned ribbon
ornaments her bodice and meticulously rendered lace is featured on her sleeves and
the square-cut neck of her dress. The subjects outstretched arms and hands are typical
of Blackburn’s oeuvre. The canvas was long lined and ago re-stretched; there is
extremely minor scattered in-painting to cracklature. (Dimensions: 27.75 by 35.75”.)


Joseph Blackburn, Portrait, Lady in Blue, detail view

Joseph Blackburn, Portrait, Lady in Blue, scale view

Joseph Blackburn, Portrait, Lady in Blue, back view

$19,500.00

786-7




Portrait, Franklin Pierce, American School
Date/Period: 1850-1860


Portrait, Franklin Pierce, American School, entire view

Measurement: Frame: 15.25" x 13.25"; view: 4.75" x 6.75"

Material: Oil paint on sheet copper

Condition: Excellent

Additional Information: A handsome images of Franklin Pierce (November 23, 1804 –
October 8, 1869) who was the 14th president of the United States (1853–1857).

$8,350.00

232-437


Portrait, Franklin Pierce, American School, entire view sans frame

Portrait, Franklin Pierce, American School, back view



Portrait, Mrs. Paul Baugh by William J. Edmonson (1868-1966)
Verso Inscribed: Portrait Sketch of Mrs. Paul Baugh 1905
Date/Period: 1920s


Portrait, Mrs. Paul Baugh by William J. Edmonson (1868-1966) Verso Inscribed: Portrait Sketch of Mrs. Paul Baugh 1905, entire view

Measurement: Frame: 24.75" x 31"; view: 15.5" x 21.5"

Material: Oil on canvas

Condition: Fine original condition including stretcher; gilt frame is modern

Additional Information: A beautiful composition displaying the artists abundant use of
color and remarkable patterns of light and dark.

Mrs. Paul Baugh (nee Josephine Fay Glasser, 1879-1926)
wife of Paul Baugh (1879-1938) of Philadelphia, son of the wealthy Daniel Baugh (1836-
1921), a chemical magnate who devoted his time to civic and philanthropic ventures.

William John Edmondson studied at the Academie des Beaux-Arts of Philadelphia and
then in Paris at Academie Julian with the noted classical figural painters Adophe William
Bouguereau, Jean-Paul Laurens, Tony Robert-Fleury, and Jules Lefebvre. Edmondson
studied primarily with Lefebvre but would have received lessons with the Adolphe
Bouguereau as well.

He also studied with Impressionist painter Edmond Aman-Jean. Afterward, he studied at
the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with National Academicians Robert Vonnoh and
William Merritt Chase.

He later settled in Cleveland where he joined the Society of Artists of Cleveland and
remained there most of his life. Western Reserve University, Society for Savings,
Municipal Collection of Cleveland, Federal Reserve Bank, Cleveland Chamber of
Commerce and the State House in Columbus all have work(s) of his in their collections.

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Museum; Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA;
Columbus Museum of Art; Monterey Museum of Art, Western Reserve University
Museum; Cheekwood Museum, Nashville, TN.

EXHIBITIONS:
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art: 1890-1895, 1906, 1912-19, 1925-29 (Toppan prize, 1890).
Art Institute of Chicago: 1896, 1917-19
Corcoran (Washington, D.C.): 1912, 1916, 1919, 1930, 1932

Pan-Pacific International Exhibition, 1915
Cleveland Museum of Art: 1919 (medal, First prize), 1923 (prize).

$4,750.00

1125-68


Portrait, Mrs. Paul Baugh by William J. Edmonson (1868-1966) Verso Inscribed: Portrait Sketch of Mrs. Paul Baugh 1905, entire view sans frame

Portrait, Mrs. Paul Baugh by William J. Edmonson (1868-1966) Verso Inscribed: Portrait Sketch of Mrs. Paul Baugh 1905, artist detail

Portrait, Mrs. Paul Baugh by William J. Edmonson (1868-1966) Verso Inscribed: Portrait Sketch of Mrs. Paul Baugh 1905, back view



Pair of Federal Pendant Portraits, Man and Woman
Anonymous, American School, early 19th century
Oil on canvas


Antique Pair of Federal Portraits of a Man and Woman, American School, Early 19th Century, pair view

Soberly yet well-dressed, this couple belonged to the rising middle class in post-Revolutionary America. May have been painted following a wedding or to mark a professional success of the husband. The portraits have been lined on canvas and mounted on newish stretchers, otherwise original condition. (Frame: 30 by 27.5"; view: 22 by 25")

$3,200

925-24





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