2174
2174
Ralph Earl (1751 - 1801)
PORTRAIT OF MAJOR JAMES FAIRLIE
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
2174
Ralph Earl (1751 - 1801)
PORTRAIT OF MAJOR JAMES FAIRLIE
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Highly Important Americana Collection of George S. Parker II from the Caxambas Foundation

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Ralph Earl (1751 - 1801)
PORTRAIT OF MAJOR JAMES FAIRLIE

Provenance

Private Collection, Rhode Island;
Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts;
Midwestern Corporate Collection, 1981;
Sotheby's New York, Important Americana, January 30, 1995, sale 6660, lot 1731;
Alan Miller, Quakertown, Pennsylvania.

Literature

George Parker, “Merchants and Planters: American Portraits of the Colonial Period and the Early Republic,” Wisconsin Academy Review: A Journal of Wisconsin Culture, vol. 43, no. 4, Fall 1997, p. 30, illustrated.

Catalogue Note

Ralph Earl painted this portrait while he was in debtor's prison in New York. Major James Fairlie was one of Major General Friedrich von Steuben’s aides-de-camp during the American Revolutionary War. The medal in his lapel is the Order of the Society of the Cincinnati, awarded to the officers of the Continental Army after the Treaty of Paris. The reference is to Roman general and statesman Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, born about 519 B.C., who left his small farm and distinguished himself in battle in 458 B.C. and again in 439 B.C. He was looked upon as a model of competence and courage as well as virtue and simplicity, and he returned to farming after his battlefield victories.

The Highly Important Americana Collection of George S. Parker II from the Caxambas Foundation

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New York