Pencil sketch by Folk Artist Jacob Bailey Moore. Original Art, Jacob Bailey Moore.

Pencil sketch by Folk Artist Jacob Bailey Moore.

New Hampshire: ca. 1850. Item #587

75 x 160 mm., [3 x 6 ¼ inches]. Pencil sketch on blue paper.  Includes small envelope 3 x 4 ½ inches, with notation. Previous folds. Light browning at folds.

Small pencil sketch of a girl in a bonnet and a man who appears to be an itinerant with patched clothes and a liquor bottle in his hand. A note on the envelope accompanying the sketch and entitled in faint pencil "N.H. Portrait Painter" is signed by E.S. Eaton who writes:

 “Enclosed is a drawing made by Mr. J. Bailey Moore upon a stray slip of paper as he sat making a call at our home. I, a little girl, was greatly pleased and have kept and been pleased with it ever since. I remember that my dear Mother was amused at the two funny figures. E.S. Eaton".

Jacob Bailey Moore was born in Candia, New Hampshire, in 1815, and died there in 1893. For a brief time he worked in Boston before returning to New Hampshire. During his career he spent brief stints as a journalist and as a phrenologist as well as an itinerant artist.

Moore is closely identified as a member of the "Prior-Hamblen" group of early 19th portrait artists. This group's work closely follows that of William Matthew Prior (1806 -73) and Sturtevant J. Hamblen (1837-56). Their portraits have been characterized as "very flat, posterlike" and were painted in oils or gouache on a variety of backings, including cardboard, academy board or canvas. Numerous works signed by Prior have been identified, as have a few signed by Hamblen. Signed works by other members of the "Prior-Hamblen" group are quite rare. Those known to have been painted by Jacob Bailey Moore feature a flat style almost identical to that of Prior.

The writer may be Ellen S. Eaton who lived in Candia on a farm with her parents Henry M. and Eliza Parker Eaton. She was born in 1846, became a school teacher, and appears to have never married. Ellen's father Henry M. Eaton was selectman a number of years, town clerk, a representative to the state legislature two years and also town agent. He was also Captain of Candia Light Infantry. He was married a second time to Hannah G. Lane, who died in 1892.

 Appleton.  Cyclopedia of American Biography, IV, pp. 380-1.  Allibone's Critical Dictionary of English Literature and English and American Authors. II, p. 1352.  J. Bailey Moore,  History of the Town of Candia 1893.


Price: $500.00

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