A Pair of Portraits

New York
Circa 1830

This handsome pair of portraits depict an unidentified couple painted during the height of the American Classical period. Their sophistication and wealth are recorded in the beautifully tailored clothing worn by the pair. The lady sits in a Classical armchair in a black dress with an elaborate lace collar. Her jewelry is particularly fine. She wears a matching pair of bracelets, earrings, and brooch. A gold chain around her neck appears to hold a chatelaine concealed in her pocket. The gentleman, sitting in a fancy chair, wears a bejeweled pin on his ruffled shirt which matches the ring on the ladies left hand. At his waist is suspended what appears to be an ornate watch fob. 

On the back of one of the frames is the paper label:  John Lawrence, Carver & Gilder, Manufactured and furnished to Order. PLAIN AND ORNAMENTAL, Looking Glass, Portrait and Picture Frames. 44 Frankfort-Street, N.York.

Oil on canvas
Overall: 41 ¾” x 32 ¾” Sight: 36 ¾” x 27 ¾”

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