James Green (United States, Mid-19th Century)


Figure 1.-- This portrait depicts two young children. The older child with protective arm around her younger who's holding a toy ball. They are the children of C. Ross Esquire and they were painted in 1839. One source believes the children are girls. This may well be the case, but the older child looks rather like a boy to me and the ball the younger child holds suggests a boy.

The artist here appears to be James Green. There is an early hand written paper remenant affixed to the back that states the artist as "James Green Pinxt 1839". I think the "Pinxt means painted. We have no information on the artist James Green, except that he was American an active in the mid-19th century. The portrait was a miniature on an ivory wafer. The portrait depicts two young children. The older child with protective arm around her younger who's holding a toy ball. They are the children of C. Ross Esquire and they were painted in 1839. An E-Bay seller suggested that the children were girls. I asked him about this and he explained that on the back it said "children" of C. Ross. He just assumed that the children were girls because they were wearing dresses. Note the low-cut style. I also thought that the children were girls. In looking at the portrit my guess is that both children are boys. Boys that age commonly wore dresses in the 1830s. Boys wore the same styles as the girls wore, including low-cut dresses. The fact that the younger child holds a ball is a strong indicator that the child is a boy. The older child is more of an open question. However his face and hair style strongly suggest that he is a boy. Note both wear blue dresses. I'm not sure if there were color connotations at the gtime.








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Created: 6:30 AM 11/9/2004
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