John Poe (1785 - 1859)
Sarah Threet (1794 - 1861)
The original was composed of charcoal on paperboard 16 x 20 inches. It was displayed in an oak frame with painted plaster molding. In the early 1990s the paperboard crumbled into dust. Luckily, professional negatives were made in 1986. This digital image is a scan of a print from the 1986 negative
This portrait, along with
the portrait of William
Threet Poe, hung in the
Given the family history of the portraits, there can be little doubt about the identity of the people they portray.
Analysis in March 2004, by Maureen Taylor, a columnist with Family Tree Magazine, suggests in an article published in the March 2004 issue of the magazine that this image was produced in the 1890s. She bases this conclusion on the garment worn by the woman in the image, which Ms. Taylor states is a style worn in the 1890s. An unfinished portrait by the studio lends credence to this analysis. Another bit of evidence that I observe, suggesting that the garment was added to the portrait, is that the rendering around the woman’s neckline is done in crude black lines, as if the artist did not know how to work the shading that would result on the neck from such an outfit, or that the garment was added to the face in a “paper doll” manner. It is possible the artist even updated the hairstyle as the one presented is said my Ms. Taylor to be more common to the 1890s.
Ms. Taylor describes these types of charcoal enhanced images in her article at this link: