Item/Auction Attributes

pencil and charcoal on paper,
Probably executed in Virginia.
Circa 1840.
Excellent condition, laid on board, professional conservation to partial surface hairline, before photo accompanies lot.
11 1/4" x 8 1/2".
Provenance: A recent discovery.
Catalogue Note: Charles Burton was a very active portrait painter, draftsman, landscape artist, and teacher, working in New York City, Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Richmond, VA, and Jefferson Co., VA. In 1824 Burton painted a view of the U.S. Capitol which now resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is best known for his miniature views of NYC and Philadelphia, which were published in 1831. Between October 23 and November 18, 1841 Charles Burton advertised in the Richmond, VA Compiler that he had opened a drawing school in the city and was taking pencil and colored likenesses at $3 to $8 each. He drew a large number of Richmond sitters around 1840-1841. Other located Burton portraits featuring mountainous backgrounds are in the collection of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center in Williamsburg. It is thought to depict Charles Henry Ellis of Richmond and is one of seven Burton watercolor portraits in the museum's collection.