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1538

Attributed to Henry Walton

Portrait of Miss Stroh of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Estimate:

300,000 - 500,000 USD

Property from the John B. Schorsch Collection

Attributed to Henry Walton

Attributed to Henry Walton

Portrait of Miss Stroh of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Portrait of Miss Stroh of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Estimate:

300,000 - 500,000 USD

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Property from the John B. Schorsch Collection

Henry Walton

Portrait of Miss Stroh of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

oil on mattress ticking

circa 1840


56 1/4 in. by 30 3/8 in.

The surface with a nice dry finish and vibrant colors. Canvas unlined, craquelure in the face. Examined under UV light and minimal inpainting was found in general: a small area near Miss Stroh's proper right heel, the hem of her dress, to the proper right side of the edge of the background in line with her puffed sleeve. There is negligible scattered inpainting to the background near her head. Mounted on a replaced stretcher, canvas reduced in size horizontally.


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Descended in the family of the sitter;
Kennedy Galleries Inc., New York, New York;
Mr. John B. Schorsch and Mrs. Marjorie H. Schorsch, Greenwich, Connecticut;
Sotheby's, New York, American Folk Paintings and Watercolors, April 30, 1981, sale 4593M, lot 17.

Depicted in an impressive full-length size, an adolescent girl about the age of twelve or thirteen, wearing a salmon pink, all-over patterned, puffed-sleeve dress, stands composed on a carpet against floral wallpaper and a window with lace fringe. Her intense, somber gaze and loose handkerchief held in front of her apron suggest that she has been crying. This portrait of Miss Stroh of Lancaster County descended in the family for generations before arriving at Kennedy Galleries in New York. The Stroh family settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in the early eighteenth century, and variations of spellings of the surname have generated throughout the years, including “Straw” and “Strow”. This Miss Stroh clearly came from a well-to-do family, donning fine attire in an equally decorative setting.