RARE GROUP OF FREDERICK CO., VIRGINIA RECORD BOOK ARTIST CARTER FAMILY FOLK ART FRAKTUR BIRTH RECORDS, LOT OF SIX, watercolor and ink on paper, comprising three informational sheets and three accompanying pictorial pages, imagery includes female figure under tree, Masonic temple, numerous birds and floral devices, each within a "curtain" surround and ruled border with fleur de lys corners. Each professionally matted and housed under glass in a modern frame. First quarter 19th century. 7" x 7 3/4" object, 16 3/4" SQ (overall). Provenance: From a Southern private collection. Catalogue Note: A rare survival, the present group of folk art fraktur birth records made for the Carter Family of Frederick Co., Virginia, stand out as unique examples by this artist's hand and include the only known representation of a human figure in the artist's oeuvre. Additional examples of this unidentified artist’s work are represented in the collections of the American Folk Art Museum, New York City; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, Williamsburg, VA; the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI; and the National Archives, Washington, DC.
The Carter family were prosperous Quakers who lived along the Opequon Creek near Winchester, VA where their stone home still stands. Mary Kerfoot (b. 1772) married Arthur Carter in 1792. He had inherited from his father, James, large tracts of land and five mills and was an influential figure in the Winchester region.
Very good condition overall with minor to moderate toning and foxing. Not examined out of frames.