This is a stunning and Magnificent RARE Antique early 19th c. With gold earring, by Ohio & Indiana Pre - Civil War painter, John Insco Williams 1813 - 1873. This is such a profound painting, that I hardly know where to start... This life sized portrait depicts a handsome and elegantly dressed gentleman, with a pinky signet ring, short trimmed beard and large gold hoop earring. Wore gold earring jewelry in early 1800s America.
The fact that he did not remove the jewelry for the portrait is Very Unusual, and demonstrates that the sitter was very proud of being a seaman, and wanted the earring shown and immortalized in the portrait. Signed Insco Williams, Delphi 1846 in the lower left hand corner.Delphi is a city in Indiana, and was likely the location that this work was painted. Approximately 37 1/2 x 44 1/2 inches including frame.
Actual artwork is approximately 29 x 36 inches. This painted is mounted in a stunning (and heavy) original 19th c. Antique hand carved rococo gilded wood frame. Frame has some edge wear, chipping, and missing bits of gesso ornamentation.The painting itself has some light scuffs, a few scratches and fine spiderweb craquelure throughout from 175+ years of age please see photos. This is a manor sized artwork that would look incredible above a fireplace, or at the entry way of a Victorian mansion. Truly a sight to behold. Please check my other listings for more wonderful and unique artworks! 1835-38; Richmond, IN, 1840-41; Cincinnati, OH, 1841-69; Dayton, 1869-73. Cincinnati before 1832; Russell Smith & Thomas Sully, Philadelphia 1835-40.
Apprenticed to a carriage painter in 1828 and worked in Ohio for the next seven years, apparently taking painting lessons at some point in Cincinnati. Began working as a professional itinerant portrait painter about 1832, traveling through central Indiana for three years. The same year he moved to Cincinnati and stayed there for the next twenty-eight years, although he traveled periodically, visiting Louisville, KY, in 1845, and Richmond in 1847.While in Louisville, he met John Banvard (see entry), from whom he learned about the painting of panoramas. Williams soon became an accomplished and renowned panoramist himself. His 1849 The Grand Moving Panorama of the Bible was a great success, traveling to Cincinnati, Dayton, Baltimore, Washington, and Boston, before it was destroyed by the fire at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, in March 1851. A second version of this panorama was exhibited all over the country between 1856-71. A third panorama, "The Great Painting of the American Rebellion, " was also widely exhibited and apparently brought Williams financial security.
He also painted still lifes and landscapes. His wife (Mary Roberts Forman Williams, see entry) and two daughters also were painters. G&W; Peat, Pioneer Painters of Indiana, 86-91; Clark, Ohio Art and Artists, 111; Rutledge, PA; Rutledge, MHS. More recently, see Hageman, 107-111; Gerdts, Art Across America, vol. The item "RARE Antique 19th American Old Master Oil Painting of Pirate Insco Williams" is in sale since Saturday, July 10, 2021.This item is in the category "Art\Paintings". The seller is "willsusa_utzeqm" and is located in Orange, California. This item can be shipped to United States.