Watercolor Portrait Attributed to J. A. Davis

Watercolor Portrait Attributed to J. A. Davis

Watercolor and pencil on paper, c. 1835, depicting a seated young woman wearing a black dress with lace trimmed collar and cuffs and wearing a coral cameo on black ribbon. Unsigned, but very likely by Jane Anthony Davis (1821-1855).  The sitter is exceptionally pretty and is delicately rendered.  Like most of Davis' subjects she is costumed in black with only spare use of color to highlight the penciled facial features, such as the bluish coloring of the eyelids and pink lips; as well as other objects in the composition, such as her necklace, the chair visible behind her, and the small table with tall blue flower beside her. Also typical of Davis’ portraits is the exaggerated negative space between arms and body. Almost all of Davis’ subjects were residents of the Norwich or Providence-Warwick areas, so the origin of this small portrait is likely Rhode Island.

Sight-size: 5” by 7”. (6" x 8" including period frame).

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