Lot 105

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French, early 19th century. Panels of oil painting on canvas depicting courtship and one of a young lady alone in a garden scene, unsigned.

  • The Oliver B. Elsworth Collection:

    Phebe Ann (Elsworth) Williams (1930-2017) was born in New York City on August 12, 1930 and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, the daughter of Oliver Bayard Elsworth and Charlotte King (Gaston) Elsworth and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Keiley Gaston of Greenwich and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Elsworth of New York. She was married to Mr. Keith Phillips Williams for 60 years.

    Phebe was a long-time member of the Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Connecticut. She enjoyed a vital role in Kirkwood, MO community preservation and was the Curator of the Kirkwood Historical Society, Mudd's Grove Museum for 15 years, as well as a Board Member of the Missouri State Historical Society. Descending from a rich and storied historical American family, Phebe had a lifelong passion for literature, collecting antiques, interior decorating, poetry, and philanthropy.

    By descent,
    Oliver Ellsworth (Connecticut, 1745-1807), one of the founding fathers of the United States of America and drafter of the original constitution, revolutionary to British rule, graduate of Princeton predecessor where he developed the Whig party although he himself was a declared Federalist, U.S. Senator, Minister to France, and 3rd Chief Justice of the United States;

    Henry Leavitt Ellsworth (Connecticut, 1791-1858), first serving commissioner of the United States Patent Office, benefactor to Yale, commissioner to Indian Tribes of Western Frontier, and the founder of what was to become the United States Department of Agriculture as we know it today;

    Henry Williams Ellsworth (Connecticut, 1814-1864) businessman and entrepreneur;

    Edward Ellsworth (New England and Indiana, 1850-1924);

    Oliver Bayard Elsworth (Greenwich, Connecticut 1893-1970);

    Phebe Ann (Elsworth) Williams (Greenwich, Connecticut 1930-2017)
  • Dimensions:
  • 72 1/4 in. (183.5 cm.), each panel: 22 3/4 in. (57.8 cm.)
  • Condition:
  • Evident tears and previous repair to several areas of the paintings.

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