A wonderful American folk art mourning portrait painting of a young child, done by Horace Bundy. Although unsigned by him, virtually all the characteristics that indicate such an attribution are present. In addition, an old label from an antiques dealer is on the back, along with a pencilled inscription about Bundy on the backing board.
The work, which is oil on canvas, simply displays a beautiful child, with grayish-hazel eyes, in a simple white gown, the whole wreathed in clouds in a painted oval cartouche. The sight size is 20 1/4" by 15 5/8", while the outside dimension of the period giltwood frame is 26 1/2" by 21 3/4". Quite some time ago, the painting was relined and there are some small scattered touchups. There is expected craquelure, which is stable and not at all distracting or to be considered a negative factor. The frame shows expected wear. In summary, the overall condition is quite good, and this gem displays extremely well.