JOHN WOLLASTON (1710-1775). PAIR OF PORTRAITS OF MR. AND MRS. EDWARD DORSEY OF ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND.

Est. $25,000-$35,000
Sold: $30,000 ($25,000)

Edward Dorsey (1718-1760), son of Caleb Dorsey, married Henrietta Maria Chew (1730-1762) in 1748. An attorney who sat on the Common Council of Annapolis, he represented Frederick County in the Maryland Assembly from 1758-1760. Depicted half-length, he in blue coat and white satin waistcoat; she in white satin gown with pink bow and wrap. Each oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches. In period carved giltwood frames.

Provenance: The sitters to their daughter, Henrietta Maria Dorsey; to Mrs. Charles Ridgley (nee Rebecca Dorsey); John Ridgley, Towson, Maryland; Tolley A. Biays, Baltimore, Maryland; Sarah Delano Fiske Jeffords, Gradyville, Pennsylvania; Sotheby’s New York, April 19, 1972, lot 32; Christie’s, June 11, 1985, Collection of Mr. Burton C. Pariser, The Contents of Thorntree, Mendham, New Jersey, on the premises; the Estate of a New England Collector.

Exhibited: “Francis Scott Key Memorial Celebration,” Peabody Institute, Baltimore, Maryland, 1914.

Literature: Illustrated in Johanna McBrien, “A Sense of Place,” Antiques & Fine Art, Winter/Spring 2009, pp. 204, 207.

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