Orlando Hand Bears
Pair of Portraits of Eunice and Henry Harris, New London, CT, 1835
The first inscribed Eunice Harris wife of Henry Harris/ Aged 4... years Feb the 4th Day 1835 / Taken by O. H. Bears at the Same time on an old label affixed to the backing
Each oil on canvas
Each 34 x 28 inches
James Davidson, New London, CT
Estate of James Davidson, New London, CT
Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT, on loan from 1933-1935 pending settlement of the above estate, loan nos. 1933.570 and .571
John W. Bethell, South Essex, MA
By descent in the family to the present owner
Although Orlando Hand Bears is believed to have worked primarily in Sag Harbor, on the east end of Long Island, several portraits by the artist of Connecticut residents are included in public collections in the vicinity of New London and Norwich. Little is known of Eunice and Henry Harris. A Eunice Avery was born in Waterford, New London, CT in 1793 and married Henry Harris. Her birth date appears appropriate to the approximate age of Mrs. Harris as indicated on the partial label on the reverse of her likeness.
Additional Notes & Condition Report
Wax lined. [On the reverse is stamped "This painting was treated by Gustav D. Klimann / Jul 66 / Thermo-pneumatic lining process" A fine web of craquelure over the surface; it has not been inpainted. Two small areas of inpaint, one a horizontal repaired tear measuring 1/3 x 1 inch at the extreme right, about four inches below the upper right corner; the other appears to be a tiny repaired puncture.
Wax lined. [On the reverse is stamped "This painting was treated by Gustav D. Klimann / Jul 66 / Thermo-pneumatic lining process" A fine web of craquelure over the surface; it has not been inpainted. There is an angled band of inpaint in the background extending from the upper right to the left center, roughly 1/2 inch wide. There does not appear to be a repaired tear.
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