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19th Century Pair of Oil on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth, Illionois

Rare Illinois Antebellum Folk Art Oil Portraits

Circa 1850: Because Illinois did not become a state until 1818 and was considered rugged territory until after the Civil War, fine antebellum Illinois oil on canvas paintings are scarce indeed, and having identifed sitters makes this pair of potraits of William Clark (1808-1888) and Margaret "Mary" J. Clark, nee Black (1804-1876) an exceptional find. The inscriptions "Painted 1850" and "Mary J. Black married William Clark of Monmouth Ill. 1838" are impressed into the back side of the frame of Mrs. Clark's likeness. The Clarks had one child, James B. Clark (1841-1907), who served in the Illinois infantry during the Civil War and later became a lawyer, and William Clark is documented as being Monmouth Township's assistant supervisor in 1865. Both William and Mary Clark are buried in Monmouth, Illinois. The portrait of Mary Clark measures 30" x 25" and is housed in its original 33 1/4" x 38 1/4" ogee frame, and the rendition of her husband William is 29 1/2" x 25" in its original 33 1/2" x 38 1/2" ogee frame.

This striking couple is clearly well to do as they are dressed in upscale fashions of the day and Mrs. Clark is pictured in all her finery, an indication the Clarks spared no expense in the execution of their likenesses. Although the canvases are unsigned, it is obvious that the anonymous painter had great skill and was a seasoned portrait artist. These wonderful examples of Midwestern folk art have resided in a private collection for the last 20 years and were conserved in November of 1996 at the Cincinnati Art Conservation Center by Old World Restorations, one of the finest restoration firms in the nation. The back of each painting contains a detailed treatment report. It is not often one has the opportuity to own market fresh museum quality 19th century Illinois folk art, and it would behoove the advanced Midwestern folk art collector to give these handsome portraits serious consideration.

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

Folk Art Oil on Canvas Portraits
of William and Margaret Clark
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