Important American Furniture, Paintings, Folk Art and Decorative Arts – January 22, 2013 Auction Results

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Lot 249

249: American School, late 18th century 249: American School, late 18th century 249: American School, late 18th century 249: American School, late 18th century 249: American School, late 18th century

American School, late 18th century

John Breckinridge (1760-1806)
Oil on canvas
27 x 22 5/8 inches

John Breckinridge (December 2, 1760-December 14, 1806) served as a lawyer and politician from Virginia and later Kentucky. He was elected to the United States Senate and appointed the fifth United States Attorney General during President Thomas JeffersonÕs second presidential term. He is the originator of KentuckyÕs Breckinridge political family and represents the namesake of Breckinridge County in Kentucky. Despite his prominence, period images of Mr. Breckinridge are quite rare.

Provenance: According to family tradition this piece descended directly through the family of John Breckinridge(1760-1806);
Thence by descent to the present owner's late wife.

Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000

Condition: Work has been lined. Surface dirt throughout. Under UV there does not appear to be any in-paint in the sitterÕs face. Old discolored varnish.

Price Realized: $4,340