Portland Maine Folk Art Drawing

An exceptional pastel and watercolor drawing of a scene taken from Mackworth Island, Maine depicting the Presumpscot River, the Munjoy Hill Marine Observatory (built 1807, now called the Portland Observatory), the Martin’s Point Bridge (built 1828), the Cumberland and Oxford Canal (opened 1832), and an 18th c.  Stroudwater house overlooking the water.
Maine, c. 1835.
27 ½” x 22”
Accompanied by genealogical and historical information.


Portraits of Peter and Catherine Ritter by Gerrit Schipper ( 1775-1832, active US 1802-07)

A fine pair of pastels on paper of Peter and Catherine Post Ritter, attrib. to Gerrit Schipper, c.1802-07. Born in Amsterdam in 1775, Schipper worked in New York, Charleston, Savannah, and Massachusetts from 1802 until 1807.
10 3/8” x 12 3/8.”

$ 4800. 

Peter and Catherine Post Ritter were residents of New York City and are buried there at St. George’s Church. Information on Catherine Post can be found in E. Moore Green, J.W. Jordan, and G.T. Ettinger, Douglass and Post Genealogy, 1905.

Prior Portrait of Child with Mug

American, c. 1840.  
An unusually expressive portrait of a young child holding a mug. Attributed to William Matthew Prior.
Oil on academy board in excellent condition; in period but not original frame.
10 ¼” x 14 ¾” (sight); 14 ½” x 17 ¼” (framed).  

Unlike most primitive portraits of children by Prior, this painting truly conveys a sense of the sitter and the emotion this child is feeling at being made to sit for this portrait. The expression on his face is that of a young child feeling both impatience and resignation… a wish for this “sitting" to be over.