Pair of Miniature Portraits from Middletown, James S. Ellsworth

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Pair of miniature portraits of a woman in a blue dress and her husband in a black jacket, identified as of Middletown, Connecticut. Attributed to James Sanford Ellsworth (1802-1874) of Connecticut and Massachusetts, 1840 – 1855. Watercolor on paper.

Original frame of mahogany veneer on eastern white pine secondary wood.

This pair of miniature portraits are attributed to James Sanford Ellsworth (1802-1874) of Connecticut and Massachusetts and dated 1840 – 1855.  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.  This pair of portraits are identified as a couple from Middletown, Connecticut and illustrated in “James S. Ellsworth, Portrait Painter” by Lucy B. Mitchell, catalog A3 and A4.

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