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Sarah Perkins, The Beardsley Limner

United States (1771 -  1831 )
PERKINS, THE BEARDSLEY LIMNER Sarah Major Andrew Billings

Sotheby's
Jan 17, 2019
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Sarah Perkins, The Beardsley Limner - Mrs. Dr. Elisha Perkins

Sarah Perkins, The Beardsley Limner - Mrs. Dr. Elisha Perkins

Original 1795
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Lot number: 1668
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MRS. DR. ELISHA PERKINS (D. 1795) Sarah Perkins (1771 - 1831) stretcherinscribed Mrs. Dr. Elisha Perkins Plainfield, Conn., and affixed paper label is inscribed, Portrait of Sarah Douglas, wife of Dr. Elisha Perkins of Plainfield, Connecticut and mother of the late Mrs. Charles Marsh of Woodstock, Vermont. Died on Aug. 10. 1795 ae 57. pastel on paper 18 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. circa 1795 Provenance Nathan Liverant and Son, Inc., Colchester, Connecticut.
Sarah Perkins, The Beardsley Limner - Portrait Of Joseph Wheeler

Sarah Perkins, The Beardsley Limner - Portrait Of Joseph Wheeler

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Lot number: 155
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THE BEARDSLEY LIMNER, (ACTIVE 1785-1805), POSSIBLY SARAH PERKINS (1771-1831)*
Portrait of Joseph Wheeler
oil on canvas
45x30in.
Provenance
Descended in the family of Henry Wheeler, Boston, Massachusetts Childs Gallery, Boston Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little, Brookline, Massachusetts Sotheby's New York, The Collection of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little, Part I, January 29, 1994, lot 300.
Literature
Nina Fletcher Little, "Little Known Connecticut Artists, 1790-1810," Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin (October 1957), pp. 97-128, fig. 13. Christine Skeeles Schloss, The Beardsley Limner and Some Contemporaries (exhibition catalogue, 1972), pp. 22-24. Nina Fletcher Little, Paintings by Provincial New England Artists (exhibtion catalogue, 1976), p. 51. Christine Skeeles Schloss, "The Beardlsey Limner," Antiques (March 1973), pp. 533-538, p. 534, fig. 4.
Exhibited
Hartford, Connecticut, The Connecticut Historical Society, "Little-Known Connecticut Artsts," 3 November 1957-1 February 1958. Williamsburg, Virginia, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, "The Beardsley Limner and Some Conetmporaries," 15 October-3 December 1972. Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, "Paintings by Provincial New England Artists," 21 July-17 October 1976. Montclair, New Jersey, Montclair Art Museum, "New England Provincial Artist Show," 17 December 1972-28 January 1973.
Lot Notes
One of the most distinctive portrait artists of the new Republic, the Beardsley Limner's limited but characteristic group of portraits forms one of the most important contributions to American 18th century non-academic painting. The body of work attributed to the Beardsley Limner consists of at least fifteen portraits of Connecticut and Massachusetts individuals, couples and children, and includes the defining portrait pair now in the collection of Yale University Art Gallery, Dr. Hezekiah and Elizabeth (Davis) Beardsley. Other portraits by the artist are in the collections of the Abby Aldrich Rockeller Folk Art Center, the Montclair Musuem of Art, Princeton University Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Art, where the portrait of Joseph Wheeler's brother, Charles Adams Wheeler, now resides. Identified possibly as Sarah Perkins (1771-1831), a pastel portrait artist working in the New Haven and Plainfield, Connecticut, area, the evidence supporting her identity as the unknown artist is compelling. In addition to specific similarities of style and execution, such as the consistent equal almond-shape of the eyes, the characteristic manner of shading the backgrounds of the portraits, the choppy manner of delineating bangs, as seen on Joseph Wheeler, the rich, creamy-jewel manner of applying the paint to canvas recalls the quality of pastel work as well. Albeit circumstantial, it is a further link between Perkins and the Beardsley Limner that most of the members of her family were either graduates of Yale College, doctors or both, as were most of the known subjects of the Beardsley Limner's portraits. The medical and academic communities of New Haven and Plainfield, Connecticut, were not so large that Sarah Perkins would not have known these individuals (see, Heslip and Kellogg, "The Beardsley Limner Identified as Sarah Perkins," Antiques (September 1984), pp. 548-565.) Retaining its original black-painted and gilt-detailed frame, the portrait of Joseph Wheeler seen here is an important pendant to the portrait of his younger brother, Charles Adam Wheeler, now in the National Gallery of Art. Both painted circa 1790 and therefore among the earlier works associated with the Beardsley Limner's production, each sitter is portrayed in a similar garnet colored suit, holding books under the right arm and a hat in the left hand. Each portrait employs the device of a draped curtain on the upper right corner of the portrait. The portrait of Joseph Wheeler seen here has the addition of a window and exterior view, seen on several other portraits by the Beardsley Limner, and lacking in the portrait of Charles Adam Wheeler. Born in Sudbury, Massachusetts in 1780, Joseph Wheeler was the son of Elijah and Mary Adams Wheeler. In 1801, he moved to Keene, New Hampshire, where he died in 1826.
Sarah Perkins, The Beardsley Limner - Portrait Of A Blonde Haired Young Boy In A Blue Suit With White Ruffled Collar Embracing His Pet Dog

Sarah Perkins, The Beardsley Limner - Portrait Of A Blonde Haired Young Boy In A Blue Suit With White Ruffled Collar Embracing His Pet Dog

Original 1800
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Lot number: 1669
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PORTRAIT OF A BLONDE HAIRED YOUNG BOY IN A BLUE SUIT WITH WHITE RUFFLED COLLAR EMBRACING HIS PET DOG Sarah Perkins (1771 - 1831) pastel on paper Height 20 in. by Width 14 3/4 in. CIRCA 1800 Provenance George E. Schoellkopf; Sotheby's New York, Important Americana, January 26, 1990, sale 5968, lot 933.
Sarah Perkins, The Beardsley Limner - Major Andrew Billings

Sarah Perkins, The Beardsley Limner - Major Andrew Billings

Original 1785
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Lot number: 1667
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MAJOR ANDREW BILLINGS Sarah Perkins (1771 - 1831) oil on canvas Height 30 1/2 by Width 24 in. circa 1785
Sarah Perkins, The Beardsley Limner - Portrait Of A Boy With A Dog

Sarah Perkins, The Beardsley Limner - Portrait Of A Boy With A Dog

Original 1790
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Lot number: 927
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PORTRAIT OF A BOY WITH A DOG Sarah Perkins (1771 - 1831) Oil on canvas 30 by 25 in, Circa 1790
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