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Visions of the North: Minnesotan Art & History

Tue, May 21, 2024 11:00AM EDT
Lot 47

2 B.S. Hays Portraits of Children

Estimate: $400 - $800

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Barton S. Hays (American, 1826-1914). Group of two oil on canvas paintings depicting portraits of children.

Although Hays initially gained popularity for his portraiture - such as his painting of then-governor of Indiana, William Henry Harrison - his focus shifted to still life paintings after his move to Minneapolis and it was these realistic paintings that were his most popular. He also created panorama paintings such as his painting depicting scenes from Harriet Beecher Stowe's iconic novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Girl; height: 36 in x width: 28 1/2 in. Boy; height: 26 in x width: 20 in x depth: 1 in.


Both paintings have darkened or discolored varnishes. There is extensive damage to the portrait of a young girl. There are several holes and tears throughout the canvas. The lower edge is heavily damaged. Areas of scuffs and accretions. The portrait of a young boy has losses along the edges. A few areas of scuffs and accretions throughout. Neither paintings are framed.

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