Outstanding pair of exhibited and published watercolor folk portraits James Sanford Ellsworth (Connecticut, 1802-1874). We don’t know who these children are but, just looking at them, you know they are brother and sister. Beautiful blue color is a wonderful accent. It is charming that the children’s eyes pop with the blue as do the flowers. Condition is very good with expected toning of the card, a bit of scraping to the paper behind the boy at about 8 o’clock, light brown stain in front of boy at 4:30, spot stain on the girl at 8 o’clock and the outside edges of both cards have light brown stains where they probably touched wood under a frame rabbet. Both are signed “—Ellsworth.Painter.—" lower right of each. The paper of each portrait measures 3.5” x 4.5”. Framed in the original wood veneer frame measuring 9.75” x 6.75.”
Exhibited: "The Paintings of James Sanford Ellsworth, Itinerant Folk Artist, 1802-1873," Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, October 13 - December 1, 1974, Exhibits 93 (Boy) & 94 (Girl).
Springfield Exhibition of the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, 1953.
Published: Mitchell, Lucy B., The Paintings of James Sanford Ellsworth, Itinerant Folk Artist, 1802-1873, Catalog of an Exhibition, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1974, p. 48-49, plates 93 & 94. A copy of the book will go to buyer.
Lipman, Jean & Winchester, Alice, Primitive Painters in America, New York, 1950.
Art in America, April, 1944
The Magazine Antiques, June 1933.
Provenance: Collection of Mrs. Alice Best Rogers.
Please see the Folk Portrait Artists page for more information about James Sanford Ellsworth.