Portraits of Samuel and Julia Ewing
two oil paintings on board
9.5 x 6.5 in. (sight), 11.75 x 8.75 in. (frame)
Includes genealogical information as well as two pieces of fabric backing that are contemporary to the portraits, upon one of which is written:
Painted about 1805 in Ohio / Restored in 1905 by Mr. Smith English / Cleaned Dec 22 1932 by G(?)ard and Kate Ewing / Alex Ewing Scotland 1780
Samuel Ewing (ca. 1788-1857) was born in Pennsylvania and Julia (née Householder, ca. 1792-1874) was also likely born in Pennsylvania. Based on the inscription on the backings, they moved to Ohio before 1805, but the exact year is not known. An Ohio army record shows that Samuel was discharged in 1813, and the censuses of 1850 and 1860 show the family living in Shelby County, Ohio.
Loss to frames. There is a 1/16-inch wide area of loss to the blue background to the left of Samuel. Background discoloration of varnish. Blacklight reveals no apparent issues.