Noteworthy Portrait Miniature Attributed to Thomas Skynner;
Ex Don Walters
Probably New Hampshire, ca. 1840. Watercolor and pencil on paper. The dark haired, crisply dressed appealing young man holds a book to communicate his literacy. The portrait enclosed within a blue scalloped border. Note the crude and stiff rendering of his arm holding the book, a most desirable untrained artist attribute. Portraits by Skynner are represented in the National Gallery of Art, the former Chrysler-Garbisch collection, Old Sturbridge Village, and the Shelburne Museum. Period frame is likely original. Frame size about 5 5/8 inches tall x 5 wide. Super condition. Provenance for this portrait includes THE AMERICAN FOLK ART COLLECTION OF DON AND FAYE WALTERS, Sotheby's, October 25, 1986, pictured and described lot 33. Other examples may be seen in The Loving Likeness, The Susan and Ray Egan collection. And, see AMERICAN ANTHEM, MASTERWORKS IN THE AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM, page 109, for a very similar portrait by Skynner probably of my portrait subject's brother.