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    The Collection Of Marguerite And Arthur Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut

    18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 639

    Attributed to Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl (1785/88-1838), Circa 1822

    A Pair of Portraits of General Jonathan Davis and Sarah Hammond Davis

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    Attributed to Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl (1785/88-1838), Circa 1822
    A Pair of Portraits of General Jonathan Davis and Sarah Hammond Davis
    Oil on canvas
    47½ x 41 inches (framed) (2)


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    Jonathan Davis (1761-1838) married Sarah Hammond (1765/68-1821) in 1787 in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 1822, shortly after Sarah's death, he married Hannah Barton (1776-1859); her portrait is painted on the reverse.

    In 1802, Jonathan Davis was made brigadier general and from 1812 to 1814, he served as Chief Justice of the Court of Sessions for Worcester County. A trustee of Nichols Academy (now Nichols College) in Dudley, Massachusetts, he was a founder and president of the Oxford (Massachusetts) Bank from 1823 to 1833

    Ralph E. W. Earl was the son of renowned painter Ralph Earl (1751-1801) and his second wife, Anne Whiteside of Norwich, England. Born in England, Earl studied under his father in Northhampton, Massachusetts, before traveling to London in 1809, where he studied with John Trumbull and Benjamin West. After a year in London, he spent four years in Norwich with his maternal relatives before spending a year in Paris. On January 1, 1817, Earl arrived in Nashville to paint the portrait of General Andrew Jackson, the hero of the battle of New Orleans. He completed numerous portraits of Jackson, both before and during his presidency, and returned to Tennessee a year before his death in 1838. For more information on Ralph E.W. Earl, see Jerome R. MacBeth, "Portraits by Ralph E.W. Earl," The Magazine Antiques (September 1971).

    Provenance

    By descent in the family of the sitters
    Ann R. Fales
    Sold Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, April 1, 2005, lot 1319


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note these paintings are circa 1882