AMERICAN SCHOOL (19TH CENTURY), POSSIBLY FOLLOWER OF REMBRANDT PEALE, PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN, oil on canvas, a bust-length depiction, sitter with frock coat, white cravat, and high collar. No signature located. Housed in a 19th-century molded wood frame with gilt surface. Label to frame identifies sitter as "Robert Fulton" and the artist as "Rembrandt Peale". Several old labels and inscriptions verso. Circa 1800-1830. 27 1/2" x 22 3/4" sight, 31 3/4" x 26 1/2" OA. Provenance: Newman Galleries, Philadelphia, PA. Catalogue Note: Robert Fulton (1765 - 1815) was an important engineer, inventor, and businessman who is recognized as an influential figure in early Philadelphia and American history. The sitter of the present portrait may actually be Robert Barlow Fulton (1808 - 1841), the son of the famous inventor.
Very good visual condition with wear to frame. Old restoration, including minor areas of retouch and possible relining.