• Important American Furniture,  auction at Christies

    Sale 2200

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art & Prints

    30 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 71

    American School, 19th Century

    Pair of Portraits of Robert Clotworthy Allen and Frances R. Harvey

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    American School, 19th Century
    Pair of Portraits of Robert Clotworthy Allen and Frances R. Harvey
    oil on canvas
    27 3/8 x 23¼ in. (2)


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    Robert Clotworthy Allen (1794-1859) was a prominent member of Virginia society. A graduate of Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), he became a lawyer who practiced in Woodstock, Virginia and later served as the Prosecuting Attorney of Shenandoah County. He was elected to the Virginia State Senate from 1821-1826 and the United States Congress from 1827-1833. In 1839, he and his wife, Frances R. Harvey, moved to Bedford County to raise a farm and a family (Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005, Washington D.C., 2005). Together, they had three sons: James Walkinshaw Allen (1829-1862), Robert Clotworthy Allen (1834-1963), and Donald Allen (1848-1908). The first two sons served and died with distinction as Colonels during the Civil War. The surviving son, Donald Allen, was a young Cadet of the Virginia Military Institute during the war who fought gallantly in the New Market Battalion (Jennings C. Wise, The Military History of the Virginia Military Institute from 1839-1865 (Lynchburg, Virginia, 1915), p. 433).

    Provenance

    Robert Clotworthy Allen (1794-1859) and Frances R. Harvey, Shenandoah and Bedford Counties, Virginia
    Donald Allen (1848-1908), son
    Louise Allen (born about 1883), daughter
    Mary Allen Blackford, daughter
    By decent to present owner


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