This extraordinary set of four family portraits are that of the Oldridge family, ca. 1839. Done in oil on wood panels, inscribed on verso "Painted Nov 1839 Miss Susan Paine", and inscribed on verso of younger son's portrait, "Daniel Henry Oldridge died Oct 1 1840 in his 19th year". They are housed in later grain-painted frames.
Note: Daniel Henry Oldridge, the youngest of the two brothers, was buried in a Rhode Island cemetery in 1840.
About the artist: Susan Paine, a listed artist, was a itinerant portrait and landscape painter in the early 19th C. She was born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts and worked throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island from the mid-1830's until her death in 1862.
These paintings were featured in Folk Art Magazine, Winter 2005 issue, catalogue #30, in an article entitled "Roses and Thorns: The Life of Susanna Paine", by Michael R. Payne and Suzanne Rudnick Payne. A copy of that catalogue is included with purchase.
Provenance: John Scholfield of Norwich, MA; Mary Allis of Southport, CT; Christies, Oct. 18th, 1996 (catalogue included with purchase).