Portrait of Asa Jewett, 1848
oil on canvas
inscribed Painted by S. J. Hamblin / E. Boston / Aug. 1848 on verso
sight: 26 1/2 x 21 3/8 inches.
A hand-written letter from a descendant of the sitter, dated 1978, accompanies the painting. In it, she quotes excerpts from the 1976 Bicentennial Book on Milton, New Hampshire, providing details about her ancestor, Asa Jewett.
Paul Jewett, Asa's father, was among the first settlers of Milton, New Hampshire, formerly known as Milton Mills. The town featured a crude woolen mill, which Asa, his father and brothers Gilman and Nathaniel later transformed into a lathe and turning mill. Gilman became the first town clerk in 1800, before the town was incorporated in 1802. Asa and his wife Mary Ann Rochards Jewett, who hailed from Exeter, NH, lived on the town's main street, just north of Upper Square. Their daughter, Alberta Jewett Cutts, had a son named Carlton Jewett Hargraves. His daughter, Juanita, wrote the accompanying letter.
The lot also includes an Atlas of Strafford County, New Hampshire, where Milton is located.
Frame: 31 5/8 x 26 3/8 inches.
The canvas was not relined. It has a bit of waving towards the bottom portion. In the same area, there are numerous small paint flakes. Stretcher marks are visible. UV light reveals some touched up areas. The frame is not believed to be original.
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