RARE FULL CANVAS PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN, MARY LEWIS, BY WILLIAM MATTHEW PRIOR, SIGNED EAST BOSTON, 1848:

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Best known for his small, itinerant portraits executed on artists’ board, folk artist William Matthew Prior painted far fewer full canvas paintings that survive today in collections and institutions. This one is of a New England woman with a stern yet interesting face, with great folk qualities. Behind her is an open window with a red drapery pulled back to reveal a shoreline landscape and what was undoubtedly her house along its bank. On the back Prior signed the painting in charcoal and notated it in the following manner:

Mary Lewis Age 55 in 1847,
By Wm. M. Prior

East Boston 3 J Section
Trenton Street
Feby 25 1848

I married the work to an equally exceptional frame of the 1830-1850 period with an extraordinarily great, red painted surface that has very pleasing craquelure. An exceptional find.

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Condition:
Very Good
Creation Date:
1848

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