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    The Collection Of Marguerite And Arthur Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut

    18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 603

    William M.S. Doyle (1769-1828), Circa 1818

    A PAIR OF PORTRAITS OF SARAH AND ROBERT DEAN

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    William M.S. Doyle (1769-1828), Circa 1818
    A PAIR OF PORTRAITS OF SARAH AND ROBERT DEAN
    Metal plaques attached to each frame are engraved Sarah S.L. Dean (1782-1850) and Robert Dean (1775-1822); the portrait of Mr. Dean bears a printed label on the reverse inscribed Ambrose Crane Importer and Manufacturer of Looking Glasses No. 135 Broadway New York Near the City Hotel Carving and Gilding of Every Description Done in the Newest Manner
    pastel on paper
    30 5/8 x 26½ in. each (2)


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    Robert Dean was born October 25, 1775, in Taunton, Massachusetts. He appears in the New York City Directory as a boot crimper in 1812, 1815, 1816, 1818, 1820 and 1821. He married Sarah Susan Leavitt Padelford around 1803. The label of Ambrose Crane, who probably framed the portraits lists his address at 135 Broadway. Crane is recorded at the address in 1818 only, providing an approximate date of the portraits execution.

    William Massey Strode Doyle (1769-1828) painted pastels, silhouettes and miniatures. In 1818, he was working at the Columbian Museum on Tremont Street in Boston. Characteristic elements include bust-length composition with the sitter pictured at 3/4-angle, usually facing to the right. Other distinct characteristics of his work include the treatment of the lips, which are thin and tightly compressed, long faces, prominent ears and chin, gentlemen are represented with bangs swept down over their forehead while women are coifed with ringlets or strands of hair over the forehead and upper cheeks; in his rendering of clothing and jewelry, he paid particular attention to detail.

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    Provenance

    Child's Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
    Sold Sotheby's New York, The Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little Collection, January 29, 1994, lot 340
    Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James T. Lowder, Columbus, Ohio


    Literature

    Arthur B. and Sybil B. Kern, "The Pastel Portraits of William M.S. Doyle," The Clarion (Fall, 1988), pp. 41-47.
    Nina Fletcher Little, Little by Little (New York, 1984), p. 126, figs. 163 and 164.