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JOHN USHER PARSONS (1804-1884)
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THE SIEGMUND COLLECTION OF AMERICAN FOLK ART
JOHN USHER PARSONS (1804-1884)

A Pair of Portraits: Mr. and Mrs. Moffet

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JOHN USHER PARSONS (1804-1884) A Pair of Portraits: Mr. and Mrs. Moffet oil on panel 26 x 23 ¾ in. (each) (2)painted circa 1837
Provenance
Vincent Price Collection
Carl Yeakel, Laguna Beach, California
Pamela Boynton Antiques, Groton, Massachusetts, August 1998
Literature
"New Hampshire Antiques Show," Antiques and the Arts Weekly, 21 August 1998.
Ralph and Susanne Katz, "In Search of John Usher Parsons," Folk Art Magazine (Spring, 2005), p. 53.

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Works by John Usher Parsons “epitomize the spirit of true folk art as rendered by an intuitive although untrained hand” – Nina Fletcher Little, Little By Little: Six Decades of Collecting American Decorative Arts (New York, 1968), p. 261.

Parsons can be identified by his flat, stylized portraits of people with pale complexions, rosy cheeks and firmly set lips. This couple, Mr. and Mrs. Moffat, also exhibit his use of detailed interiors with the highly decorated chairs and drapery fastened back with large yellow tie backs. Mr. and Mrs. Moffat were from New Bedford, Massachusetts. Parsons likely painted the couple when he served as a minister in a neighboring town in 1836-1838 (Ralph and Susanne Katz, “In Search of John Usher Parsons,” Folk Art Magazine (Spring, 2005), pp. 47-52.)

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