Nicola Marschall (American/Alabama, 1829-1917), "Dr. Francis Asbury Bates (1819-1889)", 1866, and "Julia Rachel Jones Bates (1831-1887)", 1860, 2 oils on canvas, each signed and dated lower left, labels identifying artist and sitters on reverse of frames, each 24 in. x 20 in., framed alike. (2 pcs.) Note: Born in Prussia, Nicola Marschall immigrated to America in 1849, entering in New Orleans and settled in Marion, Alabama. There, he taught art at the Marion Female Seminary, as well as offering classes in German and French. He also supported himself by painting portraits from his studio, eventually becoming known as Alabama’s premier portrait artist of the nineteenth century. Many prosperous families traveled from other parts of Alabama to have him capture their likenesses. The couple depicted here, Francis and Julia Bates, were married in Marion in 1850, although Dr. Bates was originally from Massachusetts.