JANE A. DAVIS (1821-1855)

Young Woman in Red Dress, Possibly Ann Eliza Pease Douglas
Connecticut, circa 1840
Watercolor on paper, gold foil, 4 ½ x 3 ½ inches, in the original gilt frame

This newly discovered portrait, possibly depicting Ann Eliza Pease Douglas (1818-1899), is a rarity among the known works by Jane A. Davis in several respects. It has a solidly colored painted background which is a variant from her standard format of depicting subjects posed against a plain paper background. The use of gold foil appliqué for the earring may be unique in a portrait by Jane A. Davis. Gold foil appliqué jewelry is a technique most often associated with the watercolors of Ruth and Samuel Shute.

By family descent to 2022.

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