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American (Kentucky), ca 1818. A pair of watercolor portraits of a husband and wife, each half-length within a painted oval reserve and labeled Joseph E. Hardaway and Polly Hardaway, with Polly's portrait dated 1818. Housed in later frames; each 6.75 x 5.5 in. (sheet), 9 x 7 in. (frame).
Joseph Edwin Hardaway (1789-1867) and Polly Board (d. 1830) were married in Breckinridge County, Kentucky in 1811. AUCTIONEERS NOTE: We have recently tentatively identified these portraits as the work of the so-called "Guilford Limner" the unknown portrait painter known for a small body of work from Guilford County, North Carolina. These portraits significantly pre-date his work in North Carolina, and are evidence of a sojourn in west-central Kentucky.