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2024 Winter Fine Art, Antiques & Jewelry (Day 1)

Sat, Jan 27, 2024 09:00AM EST
Lot 331

19th C. Oil Sketch of a Mountain Man

Estimate: $700 - $800

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Manner of Alfred Jacob Miller (American, 1810-1874), ink and oil sketch on canvas depicting a mountain man, possibly a fur trader, seated with bag slung over his shoulder, against an indistinct and partially unfinished background. Unsigned. Partial label en verso of stretcher seems to refer to a business, possibly an art supply business, with articles "always on hand," in proximity to the "Manchester Art Union". The painting has a 20th century backing board with reference to the "Victor Spark?" Gallery and shipping/crate information. Canvas - 12"H x 9 1/2"W. Later giltwood molded frame - 18 1/2"H x 16"W.


Original canvas affixed to stretchers with square nails. Some abrasions to perimeter of canvas from framing materials. Examination under UV light shows a small area of overpaint to beard area and patches to possible pin holes at each of the four corners. Overall very good condition.

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