Showing the whimsy that exemplifies good American folk art, this watercolor double portrait depicts a young man and woman who are clearly siblings. The artist achieved a starkness by having them in black clothing and not accentuating the details of their garb. In fact, the basic touches of color are only the blue in the girl's eyes and in the sky against which they are posed. Note that neither sitter is gazing directly at the viewer, nor are they looking in the same direction. The combination of these factors makes for a powerful rendering.
The sight size of the painting is 7" by 5", and the framed size is 11 1/2" by 9 5/8". Condition is excellent, with no tears or stains, and the paint itself remains vibrant. (The colors and contrast shown in the close-up photo without the frame are accurate, as opposed to the dullness of the photo of the framed piece.) The gilded frame is period and might be original and is also in very fine shape.