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

Sat, Jan 27, 2024 09:00AM EST
Lot 354

Large E TN Charcoal Portraits of McMinn Co. Couple, McBee Family, Attrib. E. Hacker

Estimate: $800 - $900

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Two framed charcoal or chalk pendant portraits on paper laid to linen and depicting a well-dressed man and woman, likely a couple. Possibly members of the McBee family of McMinn County per oral history. Unsigned. Attributed to Edmund/Edward Hacker (McMinn County, fl. 1850). Housed under glass in gilt and wood frames. Sight: 22" H x 17 1/2" W. Frame: 34" H x 29" W. Note: Two related charcoal portraits offered in this auction likely depict the sons of this couple, see lot 353. Note: For related works by Hacker, see "Portraits" in Namuni Hale Young, Art & Furniture of East Tennessee (East Tennessee Historical Society, 1997), figs. 43-48; these six portraits dated 1851 portray residents of McMinn County and are executed in pen and ink accompanied with either chalk, as in the present examples, or watercolor.

Condition

Superficial grime throughout plus soiling to areas under frame. Some losses to edges, under frame.

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