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Lot 129

William Scarborough, Portrait of Hugh Charles, O/C

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

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Property from a Private Collection, Savannah, GA


William H. Scarborough, Portrait of Hugh Charles (1830-1911), Oil on Canvas, unsigned but descended within the Charles family, depicting a blond boy with blue eyes in a black waistcoat and jacket with white shirt in a landscape, in a period giltwood frame. Frame size: 36 1/2 in. x 31 1/2 in.

In the 1830's Scarborough painted portraits of Charleston Society and in 1839 moved to the nearby Darlington District. There "Scarborough found a patron in Col Edgar Welles Charles and he painted many members of the colonel's family. Through his friendship with the Charles family, Scarborough met many influential people from the District and was able to obtain enough commissions to live very comfortably. Scarborough's career escalated, however, once he moved to Columbia, South Carolina in 1843. There he painted the most prominent members of South Carolina society, including governors and high ranking military officials. The following thirty year period marks the pinnacle of Scarborough's career and most of his well known works were painted during this time. William H. Scarborugh died in Columbia in 1871 at the age of 58." (Source: The Johnson Collection).

Measurements: Height: by sight 29 1/2 in. x Width: 24 1/2 in.


Good restored condition, with repaired 6 in. tear and corresponding inpainting going through forehead and nose, small tear in background above head, some inpainting to creases of waistcoat and minor areas of background, abrasion to collar, brown spots to surface. Some slight separation of frame, minor chips to frame.
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