Thursday, January 15, 2015

One of the Girls!

Out of our 110+ paintings, only a handful are of women. And of course, there’s no identification on any of them, although we have some suspicions of who they are.

First up is Mrs. Roberts. At least that’s who we think she is. Apparently, the wife of George Roberts, M.D. He was both a doctor of medicine and divinity. His painting was done by John Beale Bordley, II, and we have a suspicion that hers was done by Bordley, too.

This gal might possibly be the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Roberts. She does look rather uncomfortable, but I am sure it’s just the stomacher. She also needs to stop slouching! Throw those shoulders back!IMG_2892The painting is by Thomas Coke Ruckle and is very detailed, down to the signature worked into the detail of the small table next to Miss Roberts. IMG_2900The bird and the flowers are also very detailed. Apparently, Ruckle did a series of bird paintings. Is that a red-winged blackbird?IMG_2899

I am thinking that these gals might be either mother and daughter, or sisters.

There is some speculation that these are the daughters of John Archer, M.D. But his picture is so bad, that it’s hard to tell what he really looks like.

Here’s hoping we find out who the girls are!

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