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1653

Attributed to A. Ellis

Woman with Shawl

Estimate:

40,000 - 60,000 USD

Property from the John B. Schorsch Collection

Attributed to A. Ellis

Attributed to A. Ellis

Woman with Shawl

Woman with Shawl

Estimate:

40,000 - 60,000 USD

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Property from the John B. Schorsch Collection

Attributed to A. Ellis

1780 - 1880

Woman with Shawl


oil on board

circa 1820

26 1/2 in. by 19 3/4 in.

With warped board. Examined under UV light: inpainting to the proper right shoulder, a scratch to the proper right side of the background stopping at the sitter's jaw. The face with varnish and inpainting. Ingrained dirt throughout.


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Found in a shop in New Hampshire.

A similar example to this painting attributed to A. Ellis, Boy with Dog, is in the Maine State Museum, discovered in Readfield, Maine in 1979. There are fewer than twenty portraits attributed to A. Ellis, and very little is known about the artist. Although the subjects of both the Woman with Shawl and Boy with Dog are unknown, other sitters attributed to A. Ellis were from central Maine and New Hampshire, where this painting surfaced. These two paintings show a similar unusual rendering of the eyes and nose - dark and bead-like, with the nose being a continuation of the eyebrows. The fingers of Woman with Shawl are also unusually pointed, similar to other A. Ellis attributed works. For additional information on A. Ellis, see Folk Art in Maine: Uncommon Treasures 1750-1925, ed. Kevin D. Murphy, (Camden, ME: Down East, 2008), p. 87.