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An interesting pair of miniature portraits, painted on organic wafer. Framed in a slightly different manner, there is no question these were done by the same artist at the same time.
Fairchild is an
obscure artist, with very few, if any, signed works. This attribution is based on the similarity in technique to an example in a book by Bolton, and information that the pair came from a couple living in CT who are purportedly descendants of the artist.
No condition issues to speak of, with the sight size of the man being 2 1/4" by 1 7/8", and of the woman being 2 1/2" by 2". The framed sizes are 4 1/2" by 4" and 5" by 4 1/2", respectively.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Lewis Fairchild (Born 1801 in Farmington, CT) was active and lived in Connecticut and was known as an engraver and miniature painter. He studied engraving in New Haven and worked for the Hartford Graphic and Bank Note Co., also doing miniature painting in this period. He is known to have been in Providence, RI from 1828 to 1855. He died prior to 1880, most likely in the Boston area.