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Auction archive: Lot number 8

Charles Willson Peale American, 1741-1827 Portrait of Andrew Caldwell; Together with an American School 18th Century Portrait

Estimate
US$8,000 - US$12,000
Price realised:
US$10,000
Auction archive: Lot number 8

Charles Willson Peale American, 1741-1827 Portrait of Andrew Caldwell; Together with an American School 18th Century Portrait

Estimate
US$8,000 - US$12,000
Price realised:
US$10,000
Beschreibung:

Charles Willson Peale American, 1741-1827 Portrait of Andrew Caldwell; Together with an American School 18th Century Portrait American, 1741-1827 Portrait of Andrew Caldwell Oil on canvas 30 1/4 x 25 1/4 inches Together with American School 18th Century Portrait of Mrs. Andrew Caldwell Oil on canvas 30 1/8 x 25 1/4 inches Provenance: Descended in the family of the sitters Mrs. Vinton Freedly, New York Thence by descent to the present owner Literature: Charles Coleman Sellers, Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale 1952, p. 46, no. 102, illus. p. 315, fig. 192. Charles Willson Peale's diary entry for July 25, 1788, documents that he "Went to Mr. Michels [Mitchells] to inquire when I should make the alterations in the portrait of Mr. Caldwell." [As quoted in Charles Coleman Sellers, Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale 1952, p. 46] This portrait of Andrew Caldwell, a Philadelphia merchant, is thought to be the portrait to which Peale refers. The costume is consistent with a date of execution in the 1780s. Although the charming companion portrait has traditionally been identified as Mrs. Caldwell, the identity of the eighteenth century artist who painted her is unknown. While family tradition holds that this, too, was painted by Charles Willson Peale stylistically, the portrait is not consistent with his work. The sitter's costume is also more characteristic of fashionable attire in the 1770s than of the late 1780s, when Peale painted Mr. Caldwell, suggesting that this portrait may have been painted earlier than that of Andrew Caldwell. C
Mrs. Caldwell: Dense old varnish layer turning opaque makes it difficult to detect earlier restoration under UV exam. Lower face fluoresces; possibly selectively cleaned, may be old inpaint as well. Repaired 1 1/2 inch tear at upper left; 3 inch repair at lower left. scattered inpaint, also visible at edges. Narrow 6 inch vertical area of inpaint/repair near upper right corner. Lined onto linen; new expansion stretchers. Original tacking edges removed in earlier 19th century restoration. No craquelure. Mr. Caldwell: Characteristic use of fugitive pigments by the artist have resulted in a loss of color in the face. Dense old varnish layer turning opaque makes it difficult to detect earlier restoration under UV exam. 1 1/2 oval patch at left edge, center. Possible repaired tear at sitter's left shoulder. Three repairs, each approximately 1 x 1/2 inch, near lower edge in area of brown coat; scattered inpaint, also visible at edges. Lined onto linen; new expansion stretchers. Original tacking edges removed in earlier 19th century restoration. Moderate craquelure throughout.

Auction archive: Lot number 8
Auction:
Datum:
18 Nov 2010
Auction house:
Doyle New York - Auctioneers & Appraisers
East 87th Street 75
New York, NY 10128
United States
[email protected]
+1 (0)212 4272730
Beschreibung:

Charles Willson Peale American, 1741-1827 Portrait of Andrew Caldwell; Together with an American School 18th Century Portrait American, 1741-1827 Portrait of Andrew Caldwell Oil on canvas 30 1/4 x 25 1/4 inches Together with American School 18th Century Portrait of Mrs. Andrew Caldwell Oil on canvas 30 1/8 x 25 1/4 inches Provenance: Descended in the family of the sitters Mrs. Vinton Freedly, New York Thence by descent to the present owner Literature: Charles Coleman Sellers, Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale 1952, p. 46, no. 102, illus. p. 315, fig. 192. Charles Willson Peale's diary entry for July 25, 1788, documents that he "Went to Mr. Michels [Mitchells] to inquire when I should make the alterations in the portrait of Mr. Caldwell." [As quoted in Charles Coleman Sellers, Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale 1952, p. 46] This portrait of Andrew Caldwell, a Philadelphia merchant, is thought to be the portrait to which Peale refers. The costume is consistent with a date of execution in the 1780s. Although the charming companion portrait has traditionally been identified as Mrs. Caldwell, the identity of the eighteenth century artist who painted her is unknown. While family tradition holds that this, too, was painted by Charles Willson Peale stylistically, the portrait is not consistent with his work. The sitter's costume is also more characteristic of fashionable attire in the 1770s than of the late 1780s, when Peale painted Mr. Caldwell, suggesting that this portrait may have been painted earlier than that of Andrew Caldwell. C
Mrs. Caldwell: Dense old varnish layer turning opaque makes it difficult to detect earlier restoration under UV exam. Lower face fluoresces; possibly selectively cleaned, may be old inpaint as well. Repaired 1 1/2 inch tear at upper left; 3 inch repair at lower left. scattered inpaint, also visible at edges. Narrow 6 inch vertical area of inpaint/repair near upper right corner. Lined onto linen; new expansion stretchers. Original tacking edges removed in earlier 19th century restoration. No craquelure. Mr. Caldwell: Characteristic use of fugitive pigments by the artist have resulted in a loss of color in the face. Dense old varnish layer turning opaque makes it difficult to detect earlier restoration under UV exam. 1 1/2 oval patch at left edge, center. Possible repaired tear at sitter's left shoulder. Three repairs, each approximately 1 x 1/2 inch, near lower edge in area of brown coat; scattered inpaint, also visible at edges. Lined onto linen; new expansion stretchers. Original tacking edges removed in earlier 19th century restoration. Moderate craquelure throughout.

Auction archive: Lot number 8
Auction:
Datum:
18 Nov 2010
Auction house:
Doyle New York - Auctioneers & Appraisers
East 87th Street 75
New York, NY 10128
United States
[email protected]
+1 (0)212 4272730
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