Erastus Salisbury Field Self-Portrait

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Oil: N. America: American: Pre 1837 VR: item # 378212

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 Erastus Salisbury Field Self-Portrait
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This is a early 19th century American Folk Art Oil on canvas Portrait of a gentleman by Erastus Salisbury Field. This could possibly be a self-portrait of Field. He is seated in a chair and he is wearing a stick pin and has a gold chain. It is in its original frame and the frame has some damage and has been repainted gold. The canvas is in untouched condition except for two small marks. It measures 14" x 12" outside the frame. This painting came from an estate in Pass Christian, Miss. If you need to see additional photos or have questions please e-mail me. The back of the canvas is marked in white chalk "F22". The unsigned and small size canvas is similar to his early family portraits. With all of these unique details in this portrait matching Fields identified portraits, and with the same olive green cast finish on his early canvases, we have a confirmation of this portrait. Notice the famous "Mr. Pearce" painting in the Rockefeller Folk Art Center Museum matches the identified portrait done by the same artist. Every detail of both images match. Chemical Analysis of the paint shows an average of 4 separate tests were Sulfur 50.4%, Lead Pb 30.8%, Arsenic As 4.6%, Chlorine Cl 3.8%, Iron Fe 3.2% and Calcium Ca .6%.

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