Ichabod Dixon was born March 25, 1795 in Lebanon, Maine. He lived to be 74, and died on June 2, 1869 in his hometown. For a comparable portrait by Davis, see Sotheby's, New York, 16 January 2003, lot 724. This piece exhibits a similar grain-painted table, rug with oval motif and calligraphy. Both pieces also portray the subject with disproportionately small feet which is characteristic of Davis' work.