FOLK ART GENIUS. A LITTLE MASTERPIECE. WILLIAM MATTHEW PRIOR



THE BOND BETWEEN J. ELY BROWN AND HIS DOG......Likely Boston area. Oil on board. SIGNED on the reverse: W.M. Prior Sept. 1849. Prior has masterfully told the story of the soft, cozy bond between little boy and dog, while capturing the likeness of the boy that his parents undoubtedly craved. Excellent condition with minor touch-up. Beautifully presented in an old (not period) paint decorated frame. Larger than typical "Prior-school". Sight size 16 1/2 inches x 12 1/2; outer frame size 21 inches x 17......PROVENANCE: Peter Tillou (for decades). Before Peter: Connecticut home. PUBLISHED: Fig. 122 in Nineteenth-Century Folk Painting: Our Spirited National Heritage, Works of Art of the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Tillou; The William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, 1973. EXHIBITIONS (Partial List): William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, 1973; The New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, NY, 1973; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1974; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA. 1977; Yale University, Special Folk Art Conference, 1975; Colby College Exhibition of American Folk Art, Waterville, ME, 1975......Iconic. AMONG THE FINEST OF ALL PRIOR (AND MORE BROADLY PRIOR-HAMBLIN SCHOOL) PORTRAITS



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