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Lot 0952
Attributed to William Henry Brown
(American, Charleston/Philadelphia, 1808-1883)

Two Silhouette Portraits of Pennsylvania Politicians

paper cut-outs accented with gouache on lithographs
each unsigned
including "Francis R. Shaunk (1788-1848), 10th Governor of Pennsylvania, 1845-1848"; and "General George Potts (1806-1872), House of Representatives, 1840-1844, and 1st Mayor of Altoona, 1870-1872".
Each glazed and framed, the second in a period frame.
each sight 13-3/4" x 11-1/8", framed 17-3/4" x 15" and 18" x 16", respectively

Provenance: Silhouette of General Potts descended in the family through 1932; Estate of Dr. Carroll Ball, Jackson, Mississippi.


Both in generally good condition with overall toning to paper and scattered areas of foxing. Potts with staining at mid-left between figure and door, area slightly lower left to this and scattered small other areas. Five small holes along edges, likely from earlier framing or mounting. Shaunk with small losses/abrading to paper at upper mid-right and area at lower left to that. All consistent with age and material.

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Attr. to Wm. Henry Brown (American, 1808-1883)

Estimate $1,500 - $2,500Jul 29, 2018