Best in Category: A Signed, Dated, and Embellished Portrait of Amos Jones by Justus Da Lee (1793-1878) Handsome and stylish, crisply drawn and in flawless condition, this small watercolor, pencil and ink portrait has everything desirable in the genre. Many works by the artist bear signature characteristics but few are actually signed. Date is usually estimated by costume and pose details. The fish as a decorative and possibly symbolic element appears on another known portrait and on a family record by the artist. The sitter's name is written in pencil script on the back of the portrait, as opposed to the block printed inscription on the front, giving us examples of both of his signature styles. Jones is drawn in profile within a spandrelled format. Blue brush strokes are visible within the lower background area indicating a deliberate use of the blue aura that seems to bleed from the spandrel, possibly answering another question about the artist's working method. Not least, although repeated here at the end, the sitter has a personal elegance of face and costume, a dramatic persona created by sweeping brow and handsome features, and a thoughtful and pensive expression. New York State. Paper with full margins is 3 x 3 1/2 inches. In what appears to be its original gilded frame which measures 4 1/8 x 4 5/8 inches.
|Origin||New York State|
|Measurements||Paper with full margins is 3 x 3 1/2 inches|
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