Fascinating Trio
of Folk Art Portraits 

Probably New England, ca. 1830, ink and watercolor on paper.

The elegant young woman “Betsey Whittier” and the well-attired man “M. Felix Randorph or Randolph” are both signed by the artist “A. Hopkins”. The older lady unsigned. The portraits are pure folk art, with an economy of detail showing just their “essence”.

Especially note their almond-shaped eyes, the long graceful neck of the pretty young lady, and most compelling the stylized hair and eyes which are remarkably effective despite being just adjacent lines (almost foreshadowing the important later artist Morris Hirshfield).

Both are set against subtle but effective drapery backgrounds, and she with flowers. The older lady has a bit of color and is set against a wallpaper background.

All three in terrific block-corner frames with crackly surfaces, and period glass, that present the portraits beautifully, all frame sizes about 12 ½ inches x 9 ½. From a long time New England collection. 

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