Benjamin Blyth (American, 1746-1811). A pair of pastel portraits of husband and wife, Captain John Collins (1753-1784) and his wife Mary (née Stuart, 1756-1816), painted ca 1776, the year of their marriage, in Salem, MA. Housed in matching original giltwood and painted frames, thought to have been made by the artist's brother Samuel Blyth; 19.75 x 13.75 in. (each, sight).
Both portraits with hand-written inscriptions to back, misattributing them to pastellist John Johnston (Boston, 1753-1818).
Provenance: Ex. Israel Sack. Property from the Collection of Dr. M. Donald Hayes. To Be Sold Without Reserve.
Multiple tears and stains to portrait of wife. Loss at upper left corner.
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