Likely Ohio, dated 1814. Oil on hand-planed wooden panel. Rendered by a skilled portrait artist of a handsome young gentleman with period-fashionable styling, wonderful detailing, gazing through an open window framed by a fringed green drapery. Inscription on back "The Likenefs of George Williams Taken in Chillicothe AD 1814 at the age of 20 years". (note the long 's' on likeness). A later inscription provides more family history. Chillicothe was the first capital of Ohio in 1803, deriving its name from the Shawnee "Chalakatha". Presented in a fabulous dry, crackled black painted frame. Frame size about 14 1/2 inches tall by 12 1/4 wide; sight size about 8 3/4 by 6 1/2. A stunning small portrait. .
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