A strong, vibrant, and striking American folk art pastel portrait on paper. The nice looking gentleman is depicted in a black coat with a blue vest, a black tie highlighted with a gold metal pin and chain.
The strong modeling and treatment of the face coloration is exceptional, and, while I have not yet done so, an artist attribution should be able to be made. This work is in exceptional condition, with no tears or restoration. There is a small area near the left lapel of the coat where the crayon (chalk) has been disturbed, but this is easily correctable. The light area at the bottom of the painting in the picture is due to flash reflection. The frame appears to be period.
The sight size is 20 inches by 15 1/4 inches, while the framed size is 25 inches by 20 inches.