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    Sale 2486 | Lot 54
    Price Realized: $3,750With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2486 Lot 54

      (PAINTINGS.) Portrait of Secretary of State William H. Seward. Oil on board, 14 x 11 inches oval; a few paint splatters and later notations on verso. In its original gold gesso frame, 20 x 17 inches, restored in 2010 by Eli Wilner. Np, late 19th century

      Estimate $5,000 - 7,500

      The pose is similar to the Thomas Hicks portrait of Seward held by Harvard, though Seward's rugged features are here smoothed considerably and he wears different clothes. The portrait is unsigned, but a later pencil notation on the verso of the painting reads "C.P. Healey", suggesting an attribution to the renowned portrait painter George Peter Alexander Healy (1813-1894). Healy is known to have painted a portrait of Seward, mentioned in the sketch of Healy in the 1894 book "America's Greatest Men and Women," page 160. We have not been able to trace any other extant Healy portrait of Seward. Provenance: purchased at a Tepper Galleries auction in the 1970s.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $3,750