Sat, Oct 17, 2015 11:00AM EDT - Sun, Oct 18, 2015 11:00AM EDT
American School Portrait of a Girl
American, ca 1820s. A framed oil on canvas depicting a young girl in white dress standing on a bed with her caged pet canary, unsigned; 45 x 32.5 in. (sight).
The sitter is purported to be Elizabeth Ann Kennedy from Adams County, Mississippi. The portrait was descended from the sitter to Jefferson Davis Hardin, Jr. (1880-1961) and his wife Hazel Scott (1885-1957), who owned and occupied Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana, from 1917 until 1924.
Provenance: Descended from the sitter to Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson Davis Hardin, Jr., thence by bequest to their daughter Julia Hardin Kuntz.
Canvas trimmed and laid on newer canvas- old restoration. Pin-sized areas of overpaint on forehead, otherwise figure is clean. Heavy overpainting to background on the left of the figure and some to the perimeter.