Material: Watercolor, pencil, and gum Arabic; mounted within a period gilt frame.
Additional Information: The known portraits by Mary A. Fowler Da Lee, wife of Justus
Da Lee are less developed, less elegant of those of her husband, Richard, or Aaron
Da Lee; her oeuvre displaying fully outlined eyes, chins receding or set back from the
line of the upper face. Mary Da Lee’s profiles of women feature long necks and
elongated torsos; her faces lack the wash of facial color employed by other family
members. The subject wears a tortoise shell comb in her hair, gold earrings and brooch,
and a neck ribbon…she holds a colorful book. There are notes on the verso.
Condition: Two small holes, two short tears to upper and lower corners, toning
Additional Information: The verso inscribed “Drawn Buy [sic] Madison Houghton /
June 26, 1831”. On the backing paper: “The Foote family, Canton, Connecticut, 1830”
Houghton was born in Oswego, New York, eventually moved to Mt. Vernon, Knox
Literature:Four Ohio Nineteenth Century Folk Artists by Arthur and
Sybil Kerns and Peter and Leslie Warwick, Magazine Antiques, August 2007, pp 90-97, Fig. 8. (A copy
of this benchmark article will be provided to purchaser)
Measurement: 5.25 x 6 inches; View: 3.75 x 4.5 inches
Material: Pen, ink, and watercolor, paint decorated period frame
Condition: Very Good; sheet is not laid down. discoloration and staining to the sheet, as visible.
There is a tiny hole (approx. 3mm) to the sheet at the lower left border edge.
Additional Information: Most probably New Hampshire. Profile of young man in black
coat detailed with wide lapels and buttons; water colored vest and high cravat...he holds
a book in his right hand.
The face and hand are executed in white watercolor pigment; facial features drawn in
Provenance: David Wheatcroft, Massachusetts, AAAWT, 2009
• An Amos Holbrook (born 1809) appears in the 1870 census in Niagara County,
New York, as a cabinetmaker and another Amos Holbrook (born 1783) appears
in the 1850 census in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, as a farmer. It is
speculated that the artist engaged in his primary occupation during the spring,
summer, and fall, and turned to portraiture to earn money during the winter
Watercolor and pencil
The lady wears a black-on-black puffy sleeve dress and holds a book. The portrait is
mounted in a period painted decorated frame that is possibly original.
(Excellent original condition; frame: 6.5" x 7.5"; view: 3.75" x 4.75")
Young girl wearing dress with red print, coral necklace and holding a rose sprig
The portrait bezel is set within a panel of curly birch and is surrounded by hand-cut
zigzag molding centered by a flat molding joined by corner blocks…the molding features
an inlayed undulating vine. A stepped zigzag molding within applied cockbeaded molding
centers the work. (Three-cracks to the portrait, else fine and original; frame: 8.25" x 6.5"; view: 3.25" x 2.25")
Hollow-cut silhouette of a man in profile to right. Cut paper with hair detail in watercolor; backed with black textile. (We don’t know if the frame is original to the piece; the paper displays strong toning-witness mark conforming to rabbet…it’s just that the back of frame and rabbet display an inconsistent dark surface; let’s assume that the frame is not original, nonetheless a very rare and interesting profile. Frame: 6 x 8"; view: 5 x 3".)
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