FINE CHARLES BURTON (1782 - AFT 1847) VIRGINIA (NOW WEST VIRGINIA) PROFILE PORTRAIT, pencil and charcoal on paper, laid on artist board, depicting a strong-jawed young gentleman with whisping hair, signed "C. Burton Del" lower right. Period pencil inscription on verso "John B. Nicklin's Profile / taken 18 Sept. 1822 / By Mr. C. Burton in Charlestown / Jeff. Co. Va. / Age Nineteen." In a period molded and gilded frame with eglomise liner. Probably executed in Richmond or Luray, VA. 1822. 9 1/4" x 8 5/8" sight. Published: Virkus, ed. - The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, First Families of American, Vol. 3, p. 351, 1928. Provenance: Property of a private collector.
Hirschl & Adler Gallery, NYC.
Jeffrey S. Evans (T/A GVA), 6/25/05, lot 155.
Descended in the Nicklin family. Catalogue Note: Charles Burton was a very active portrait painter, draftsman, landscape artist and teacher, working in New York City, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Jefferson Co., Va. This profile was executed shortly after he left NYC and settled in Washington, DC, where he ran a school known as "Sans Souci." In 1824 Burton painted a view of the U.S. Capitol which now resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is best known for his miniature views of NYC and Phila., which were published in 1831.
John Bailey Nicklin (1803-1891) was the son of Captain Joseph Nicklin and Elizabeth Calvert. He married Catherine Thornton Pendleton of Locust Grove, Va., and they produced a total of nine children.
Charles Burton is represented in numerous museum collections including seven portraits in The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center at Colonial Williamsburg.
Excellent condition, professional restoration to a minor loss at upper left corner and a 7/8" tear at bottom.