1870 Hand Painted Family Portraits Watercolor MaineAtti

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  • Item Category: Antiquities
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 21,2006
  • Channel: Online Auction
Four antique family portraits of five individuals professionally hand painted in meticulously detailed watercolor over prepared photographic outlines on paper, mounted to their original stiff board mounts and retaining their original old natural dry surface, as found . Maine ,1870's, possibly earlier. Guaranteed old and original; these are not a fake or reproduction. Actual weight 1/2 lbs. Each approx 9 3/4" tall by 7 ¾" wide. Four antique family portraits of five individuals professionally hand painted in meticulously detailed watercolor over prepared photographic outlines on paper, mounted to their original stiff board mounts and retaining their original old natural dry surface as found. Found in the attic, these are the family at one time in residence. The husband (center bottom), his wife (bottom right) and their daughter (bottom left) shared the farm with the top couple, presumably related. Sea faring income focused on off shore fishing & lobster while a full farm operated behind the home extending inland. The daughter married and moved into town. The farm declined from the apex of humanity captured in these portraits. Prior to photography, the camera obscura arrested the human outline to be defined by the silhouette or miniature watercolor portrait before the camera became easily applicable. we offer the moderately scarce transitional technique w a faint photographic image is prepared on watercolor paper and then the portrait painted by a local professional artist. This process was very short lived lasting about twenty years in popularity. For an artist this was a very small window of economic feasibility for the camera and it's image won out in the end. Returning to the portraits, one must comment on the solid coastal Maine stock. The wife could pull the dory up on the beach, stack traps, carry bait, milk the cow, stack the wood, plow the field and start the stove on a dark February morning. The daughter escaped this drudgery. The farm and it's spectacular ocean front location became a "summer place" for the family within twenty years of these portraits. These were probably painted in one of the larger communities along the coast; Rockland , Thomaston, Waldoboro or Damariscotta. Each is initialed and shorted dated by the artist distinguishing the sitter in pencil on the back. Very good as found condition. We don't believe these were ever framed. We found them loose in the attic. Probably a family gift, once received on the working farm, they were stored casually after their novelty wore off. Maine fishermen care little for having their portrait done and the family soon lived "in town" with this estate becoming a family "summer place" ever since. Please see photographs. As found last week in a coastal fishing farm near Friendship Maine . Seeking things fresh found in attics? Please see our other listings from this estate. These were in the attic. We have done nothing to them at all; they are just as we found them. They look like good ones to us! We offer these four classic Maine coastal fishing farm family watercolor portraits for $4.99 NR..

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