878
878

IMPORTANT AMERICAN FOLK ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF BOBBI AND RALPH TERKOWITZ

Ammi Phillips (1788 - 1865)
PORTRAIT OF GEORGE C. SUNDERLAND (1818 - 1905)
Estimate
15,00025,000
JUMP TO LOT
878

IMPORTANT AMERICAN FOLK ART FROM THE COLLECTION OF BOBBI AND RALPH TERKOWITZ

Ammi Phillips (1788 - 1865)
PORTRAIT OF GEORGE C. SUNDERLAND (1818 - 1905)
Estimate
15,00025,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important Americana

|
New York

Ammi Phillips (1788 - 1865)
PORTRAIT OF GEORGE C. SUNDERLAND (1818 - 1905)
inscribed on the back of the canvas: George C. Sunderland / Painted When at the Age / of 21 years / by / Mr. Ammi Phillips / In the fall 1840; appears to retain the original painted frame.
oil on canvas
32 1/2 by 27 1/4 in.
1840
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

Provenance

Lincoln V. Mitchell, Silvermine, Connecticut, 1958;
Barbara C. and Lawrence B. Holdridge, Owings Mills, Maryland;
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Decorative Arts, October 5, 2000, sale 9468, lot 21;
Joan R. Brownstein Art & Antiques, Newbury, Massachusetts.

Exhibited

Traveling Exhibition, "Ammi Phillips, Portrait Painter, 1788-1865," New York City, Museum of American Folk Art; Albany, New York, Albany Institute of History and Art, October 14, 1968 - January 7, 1969, cat. no. 212;
Traveling Exhibition, "Revisiting Ammi Phillips: Fifty Years of American Portraiture," New York City, Museum of American Folk Art; San Diego, California, San Diego Museum of Art; Chicago, Illinois, Terra Museum of American Art, February 5, 1994 - December 31, 1994.

Literature

Barbara C. and Lawrence B. Holdridge, "Ammi Phillips," Art in America (Summer 1960), pp. 98 - 103;
Barbara C. and Lawrence B. Holdridge, "Ammi Phillips, Limner Extraordinary," Antiques (December 1961), pp. 558 - 563, fig. 1;
Barbara C. and Lawrence B. Holdridge, "Ammi Phillips, 1788-1865," Connecticut Historical Society Bulletin (October 1965), no. 142;
Barbara C. and Lawrence B. Holdridge, Ammi Phillips, Portrait Painter, 1788-1865, (New York, 1969), no. 212, pp. 37 and 51;
Hollander and Fertig, [et al]. Revisiting Ammi Phillips: Fifty Years of American Portraiture (New York: Museum of American Folk Art, 1994), frontispiece, pp. 56, 74 and pl. XLVIII.

Catalogue Note

This signed portrait established the identity of the “Kent Limner" as Phillips, and provided the link between his "Kent" period (1829-1838) and his "Border" period (1812-1819). The Holdridges referred to it as the "Rosetta Stone" of their research.1 George C. Sunderland lived in Somers, NY, a small town in northern West Chester County, not far from Phillips' home in Amenia.  He was a mill wright and planned and built mills.  The scroll he holds is thought to show a new mill design.

1 Hollander and Fertig, [et al]. Revisiting Ammi Phillips: Fifty Years of American Portraiture (New York: Museum of American Folk Art, 1994), p. 74.

Important Americana

|
New York