Sat, Oct 17, 2015 11:00AM EDT - Sun, Oct 18, 2015 11:00AM EDT
Ohio Portrait of Cynthia Hine by Itinerant Artist Jasper Miles (1782-1849)
Jasper Miles (American, 1782-1849). Oil on wood panel housed in a wood frame. A naive profile portrait of Cynthia Brooks Hine, wearing a black dress and a dull pink shawl, sitting on a stenciled chair against a dark ground, inscribed Cynthia Brooks Hine / By / Jasper Miles, Itinerant painter on back of panel; 9 x 6.75 in. (panel size); 8.75 x 6.75 in. (sight).
Jasper Miles was originally from Connecticut but settled in Milan, Ohio, in the mid-1820s. He lived and worked in Northern Ohio for the rest of his life, and is recognized as an important regional portrait painter. This portrait of Cynthia Hine (1825-1855), who was born in Lake County, Ohio, was most likely executed in the late 1840s, shortly before the artist's death.
Jasper Miles may be the same artist known to Pennsylvania collectors as "Mr. Boyd." An 1812 pair of portraits attributed to "Mr. Boyd" were sold at Skinner on March 01, 2015 (lot 101), and four portrait miniatures attributed to the same artist were sold August 10, 2014 (lot 401). In the description of the miniatures, Skinner noted that the name "Mr. Boyd" was attributed as the artist, since one was inscribed on the verso with this name. They also suggest that "Mr. Boyd" may have been the sitter. Both Jasper Miles and "Mr. Boyd" used the same format: a profile view of the sitter painted in stark contrast against a grey background. Another similarly composed portrait attributed to Jasper Miles was sold at Garth's Auctions on May 18, 2013 (lot 1089). That portrait included a pencil inscription on the verso identifying the artist as a "Mr. Miles".
A few scratches to surface, mostly located along edges, one dent l.c. on edge of panel, very minor surface wear such as a few pin size spots of paint loss.