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Rufus Hathaway

United States (1770 -  1822 )
HATHAWAY Rufus American Captain And Mrs. Pollycarpus Edson

Sotheby's
Jan 20, 2017
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Rufus Hathaway - Portrait Of A Boy With A Fife

Rufus Hathaway - Portrait Of A Boy With A Fife

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Description: Rufus Hathaway (Massachusetts, 1770-1822) Portrait of a Boy with a Fife Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 30 x 26 in., in a later molded black-painted frame with gilt liner. Condition: Relined, repaired vertical tear in canvas with retouch. Provenance: Joan Brownstein, American Antiques Show, New York, January 21, 2006. Literature: Plain & Fancy: A Survey of American Folk Art, exhibition catalog. Exhibitions: Plain & Fancy: A Survey of American Folk Art, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, April 30-May 23, 1970. Provenance: The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art.
Rufus Hathaway - Portrait Of A Boy With A Fife

Rufus Hathaway - Portrait Of A Boy With A Fife

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Description: Rufus Hathaway (Massachusetts, 1770-1822) Portrait of a Boy with a Fife Unsigned. Oil on canvas, 30 x 26 in., in a later molded black-painted frame with gilt liner. Condition: Relined, repaired vertical tear in canvas with retouch. Provenance: Joan Brownstein, American Antiques Show, New York, January 21, 2006. Literature: Plain & Fancy: A Survey of American Folk Art, exhibition catalog. Exhibitions: Plain & Fancy: A Survey of American Folk Art, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, April 30-May 23, 1970. The Arthur & Sybil Kern Collection of American Folk Art
Rufus Hathaway - American Captain And Mrs. Pollycarpus Edson

Rufus Hathaway - American Captain And Mrs. Pollycarpus Edson

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Rufus Hathaway (1770 - 1822)

AMERICAN CAPTAIN AND MRS. POLLYCARPUS EDSON

he is signed and date; she is inscribed "AEtatis 31." oil on canvas mounted on panel 28 by 23 1/4 in. 1791

Provenance

Captain and Mrs. Pollycarpus Edson; Sarah Edson Eddy, daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Edson; By descent to the Eddy Homestead, Middleborough, Massachusetts; Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts.

Catalogue Note

In 1790, Rufus Hathaway was an itinerant limner working in southeastern Massachusetts, and by 1791, he had settled in Duxbury. Because his father and grandfather were both ship carpenters, it has been theorized that Hathaway may have learned to paint in the ship building and decorating trade. His artistic career was short—he painted little after 1795, the year he married Judith Winslow, the daughter of a prominent local merchant. Soon thereafter, he became a physician. Hathaway\’\’\’\’\’\’\’\’s portraits are consistent in their simple style, but also in that even in their simplicity, their subjects clearly exhibit wealth and status. Captain Pollycarpus Edson, who was named after the martyred Bishop of Smyrna, rests his arm on a ledgerbook, and he wears an expensive striped waistcoat and an overcoat with carved buttons. His wife, Lucy Eaton Edson, wears pearls and holds a handpainted fan. The Edsons lived in Bridgewater and had five children.
Rufus Hathaway - Josiah Dean Iii And His Wife Sarah Dean Of Raynham, Massachusetts

Rufus Hathaway - Josiah Dean Iii And His Wife Sarah Dean Of Raynham, Massachusetts

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DESCRIPTION
oil on canvas
PROVENANCE
The portraits have descended in the family of the sitters to the
present owners:
Josiah Dean and Sarah (Byram) Dean;
Sarah Dean (daughter of Josiah and Sarh Byram Dean) and Isaiah
Weston;
Isaiah Weston and Carolyn Curtis Weston;
Byron Weston and Julia Clark Mitchell Weston;
And by descent
CATALOGUE NOTE
painted
circa
1791
Rufus Hathaway, an engaging self-taught artist, was born on May
2, 1770, in Freetown, near Fall River, Massachusetts, and is known
to have worked in Bristol, Rhode Island, and in Taunton and
Duxbury, Massachusetts. He must have begun his career as an
itinerant painter in the Taunton region around 1790. His earliest
known portrait was initialed and dated 1790. Hathaway was drawn to
the prosperous shipbuilding community of Duxbury on Plymouth Bay by
collateral relatives and by the lure of portrait commissions. One
of his most prestigious commissions was for the Weston family of
Duxbury. The largest shipbuilding industry there was owned by Ezra
Weston, who came to be known as "King Caesar" due to his success
and influence. A man with a driving ambition, Weston began building
small vessels in 1764 and soon became famous for his successful
merchant fleet. (The Weston family is the subject of a new book

King Caesar of Duxbury: Exploring the World of Ezra Weston,
Shipbuilder and Merchant
by Patrick Browne, Executive Director
of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society). In 1795, Weston?s
great nephew Isaiah married Sarah, daughter of Josiah and Sarah
Dean, the subjects of the present portraits. While it is a matter
of speculation, Weston may well have known the Dean portraits
through these family connections and determined to engage Hathaway
as well. Ten portraits by Hathaway of Weston family members are
known. At least 6 were completed by 1793, as recorded in a bill of
sale dated January 5 of that year. Intriguingly, the bill includes
these paintings at 1 pound, 10 shillings, as well as charges for
ten frames: two at 3 shillings, two at 2 shillings, 10 pence, and
the painting and gilding of six more at 3 shillings.
It seems likely that, given the simplicity of the frames
considered to be original to Hathaway?s paintings, and the language
of the Weston bill, that he made the frames for these works. A
number of surviving works by Hathaway, including those in the
collections of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center at
Colonial Williamsburg, the paintings formerly in the collection of
Nina Fletcher Little survive in 3 inch molded white pine frames,
painted black with a border of gilding - frames that Little
described as original. The catalogue of the Williamsburg Collection
further states that the frames on their pictures were made by
Hathaway.
Josiah Dean III (1748-1818) and his wife, Sarah (Byram) Dean of
Raynham, Massachusetts, were also prominent members of the
mercantile elite of Duxbury. Josiah was engaged in the rolling-mill
and shipbuilding business. He was elected selectman in 1781, the
town clerk in 1805 and served in the Massachusetts State Senate,
1804-1807. He was elected as the Republican representative to the
Tenth Congress of the United States (March 4, 1807-1809), after
which he returned to Massachusetts and was elected to the State
House of Representatives in 1810 to 1811. The paintings have
descended to the present owners in an unbroken line of succeeding
generations of family members.
Josiah and Sarah were descended from various Mayflower Pilgrims
including Thomas Rodgers. The later Westons traced their ancestry
to other pilgrim worthies including Governor William Bradford,
Elder William Brewster, Experience Mitchell and Priscilla and John
Alden, of poetic fame.
Rufus Hathaway has long been a favorite of American folk art
enthusiasts. His reputation was clearly established in 1953, when

Art in America
published a lengthy study of his works by
the renowned scholar and collector Nina Fletcher Little. By1987
twenty portraits by Hathaway had been identified; commissions
obtained mostly through family connections, and were exhibited at
the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury. Based on the identification of
his sitters, it is believed that he was in Scituate, Massachusetts,
in 1794, but had returned to Duxbury by 1795. He married Judith
Winsor, the subject of one of his portraits, on December 10, 1795.
His father-in-law, Joshua Winsor, frowned on painting as a means of
supporting a family and urged his son-in-law to study medicine with
Dr. Isaac Winslow of Marshfield, and hence the artist became a
respected physician in Duxbury. Between February 1796 and December
1821 Rufus and Judith Hathaway had twelve children. As he grew
older his medical practice probably took more and more of his time,
and there are no known paintings by him after 1808. During this
brief career, Hathaway produced some of the most lively and
sophisticated works to come out of New England in the early
national period. Hathaway died in 1822 and is buried in the
Mayflower Cemetery in Duxbury.
The first fully signed and dated portraits by Hathaway are of
Reverend Caleb and Mrs. Phebe King Turner of Middleborough and
Taunton Precinct (now Lakeville), Massachusetts. Dr. Turner's
portrait is signed
In anno 1791, Aetatis suae 58. Rufus
Hatheway (sic).
At this early date, when the artist was only
twenty-one years of age, his bold and linear style captures the
features and the spirit of his New England sitters. Mrs. Turner
holds a rose decorated fan that links her portrait to other images
of New England gentlewomen painted by Hathaway. The same fan is
seen in Mrs. Dean's portrait of the same year (the present example)
and most famously in the portrait of Molly Fobes Wales of
Marshfield, Massachusetts, initialed and dated RH 1790 now in the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, a gift of legendary collectors Colonel
Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch.
For further information on Hathaway, see,
Nina Fletcher Little, "Doctor Rufus Hathaway,"
Art in
America
, vol. 41, no.3, pp.95-139 (Summer 1953)
Nina Fletcher Little,
Paintings by New England Provincial
Artists, 1775-1800
(Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1976, pp.
116-118, figs. 48 and 49)
Nina Fletcher Little
, American Folk Painters of Three
Centuries
, Jean Lipman and Tom Armstrong, editors (New York:
Hudson Hills Press, Inc. in association with the Whitney Museum of
Art, 1980), pp. 35-40
Stacy C. Hollander,
American Radiance
,
The Ralph
Esmerian Gift to the American Folk Art Museum
(New York: Harry
N. Abrams, 2001, pp. 409-410)
Rufus Hathaway - Portraits Of Joshua And Ruth Winsor

Rufus Hathaway - Portraits Of Joshua And Ruth Winsor

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Lot number: 674
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rufus hathaway was born on may 2, 1770, in freetown, near fall river, massachusetts, and is known to have worked in bristol, rhode island, and in taunton and duxbury, massachusetts. hathaway was drawn to the prosperous shipbuilding community of duxbury on plymouth bay by collateral relatives and by the lure of portrait commissions. by 1793 he had completed at least ten portraits there. in 1953, art in america devoted an entire issue to nina fletcher little's work on these highly stylized portraits; by 1987 twenty portraits by hathaway, commissions obtained mostly through family connections, had been identified, including this pair, which were then exhibited at the art complex museum in duxbury. hathaway married judith winsor, the subject of -ne of his portraits, on december 10, 1795. his father in-law, joshua winsor, one of the wealthiest and most prominent citizens of duxbury, frowned on painting as a means of supporting a family and urged his son-in-law to study medicine with dr. isaac winslow of marshfield. hence the artist became a respected physician in duxbury. hathaway died in 1822, and is buried in the mayflower cemetery there. provenance: peter h. tillou, litchfield, connecticut vose gallery, boston, massachusetts
oil on canvas
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