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

Sat, Jan 27, 2024 09:00AM EST
Lot 353

Large East TN Charcoal Portraits of McBee Brothers, Attrib. E. Hacker

Estimate: $800 - $900

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Two framed charcoal or chalk portraits on paper laid to linen and depicting well-dressed young gentlemen, likely brothers. Possibly members of the McBee family of McMinn County per oral history. 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 parents of these men, see lot 354. 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.


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

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