A pair of late 18th or early 19th century portraits, one showing a well dressed gentleman seated at a secretary bookcase, the other of his wife, seated and holding a flower. Painted in oils on canvas, the detailing, especially in the man, is stunning. He is wearing a blue coat, an elaborately ruffled shirt, and a silk waistcoat. The edging and every button on the jacket and waistcoat are beautifully rendered in multiple colors. The books in the case also have a great amount of attention to their painting. The woman, although also painted extremely well, has simpler and less emphasis on the background decoration, with a basket of knitting materials on a green table, and a case filled with woven containers.
The paintings have their original stretchers and possibly original frames. They are in overall excellent condition, with some expected and normal craquelure, which does not detract from the visual impact. The paintings have an old wax reline in fine condition, and have been lightly cleaned with a minor amount of touchups in the background. The framed size of each is 19" by 15 1/2".