Sat, Oct 6, 2018 10:00AM EDT
American (likely Kentucky or Cincinnati), ca 1825-1830. Graphite and wash, framed. A pair of profile portraits of a man and a woman identified as Jesse Conwell and Agnes Gray Conwell; each 8.5 x 6.75 in. (sight), 16.25 x 23.25 in (frame).
These portraits were purportedly executed ca 1825-30 in Kentucky by John James Audubon (1785-1851), per a hand-written note and inscription on the back of the frames. Audubon is known to have executed numerous portraits during his stays in Cincinnati, Louisville and Henderson, Kentucky, before leaving for Louisiana in 1820. The portraits offered here, in profile, are reminiscent of Audubon's technique, but are arguably by a less skilled hand. The dates (ca 1825-1830) further indicate that these were drawn at a later time, when Audubon had already left the area. There were at least five artists in Ohio executing similar style portraits at this time (see The Magazine Antiques, August, 2007).
Provenance: Descended in the family of the sitters to the current owner.