FLORENCE MACKUBIN (ITALIAN - AMERICAN, 1861-1918) MINIATURE PORTRAITS, LOT OF THREE, watercolor on ivory (each), each finely detailed, signed and dated, depicting George Wellman Wright (1824-1897) and his daughters, Anna Buckham Wright (1859-1916) and Florence Russell Wright (1876-1901), of Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Each retains likely original fitted protective case and is housed under glass in original rolled-gold frame, dated and inscribed verso. 1896-1897. Each 2 1/2" x 1 3/4" sight. Provenance: Descended directly in the family of the sitters to the present owner. Catalogue Note: Florence Mackubin (Italian-American, 1861-1918) was a an accomplished artist of her day who achieved a high degree of recognition in her lifetime. After studying in Europe early in her life, she appears to have immigrated to the United States as a young adult in order to pursue an artistic career. Over the final two decades of the 19th century, she exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The National Academy of Design, and The Tennessee Exposition in 1897, where she medaled. Her work today is represented at the Maryland State House, The University of Virginia, the Walters Gallery, and Johns Hopkins University. Generally associated with Baltimore and New York City during her working career in America, Mackubin must have also received commissions, such as these examples of members of the Wright family, from visiting sitters. George Wellman Wright had married his wife, Georgianna, in New York City in 1858 and had possibly sustained personal or business connections in the city while maintaining a primary residence in Duxbury, Massachusetts. The present portraits, possibly executed by the artist during one or several of these family trips, represent George Wright at the end of his life and his youngest daughter, Florence Russell Wright, just a few short years from her early death.
Excellent condition overall. Some wear to cases.