Miniature portrait of a young man in a black jacket seated in a red and yellow Classical armchair.
Watercolor on paper.
This portrait of a young man in a black jacket is attributed to James Sanford Ellsworth (1802-1874) of Connecticut and Massachusetts. His work is found throughout Connecticut and into Rhode Island, Western Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire and around Albany, New York. He is a well-documented artist and signed a select group of his miniature portraits. Ellsworth’s work can be identified by his distinctive style that included detailed faces and clothing, as well as the stylistic Classical chairs and the billowing cloud forms used to enhance the silhouette of the sitter and support the sitter’s chair.