A wonderful and rare southern folk art small watercolor on paper portrait of a gentleman, identified as Mr. Bunning on the reverse, along with the date of 1824. Examples of southern folk art are quite uncommon and highly sought after. This fine example was found in Florida, and the presence of a palm tree and water in the background, along with a classical style column, indicates that it was done, in fact, somewhere along the southeastern coast of the U.S
The figure of the man is very nicely rendered, and is highlighted by the black oval that the artist painted on the paper to outline the scene. Condition is excellent, with no creases, tears, or repairs, and the colors are vibrant. The pine faux grain painted frame is period, and might be original, and is sound and sturdy. It has some minor scattered paint loss which could easily be touched up. Sight size is 5 inches by 4 inches, and the framed size is 8 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches.