Fine Antebellum Portrait of Two Sisters, Signed Moses Billings
Moses Billings (American, 1809-1884). Oil on canvas housed in a gilt frame depicting two young girls in white dress by a piano, signed and dated '40 l.l.; 59 x 38.75 in. (sight).
Moses Billings was a portrait painter known for his notable portraits of George Washington and John Quincy Adams. Born in Amherst, New Hampshire, he mostly lived and worked in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he died. He also spent some time in Cincinnati, Ohio, during the early 1830s, and in Washington D.C. in the mid-1840s.
Provenance: Ex Sotheby's (New York), Lot 118, September 27, 2011
Previously descended in the family of the sitters
Losses to frame.