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Henry Cheeves Pratt (1803 - 1880)

Lot 182: Attributed to Henry Cheever(s) Pratt (American, 1803-1880) Portrait of Deacon Thomas Miller of Charlestown...

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June 8, 2008
Boston, MA, US

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Attributed to Henry Cheever(s) Pratt (American, 1803-1880)

Portrait of Deacon Thomas Miller of Charlestown, Massachusetts. Inscribed "Painted by Henry C. Pratt" on the reverse, sitter identified in inscriptions on backing paper. Oil on card, 9 1/8 x 6 3/4 in., c. 1825, in a later molded giltwood frame. Condition: Very good.

Provenance: Through the family of the sitter.

Note: According to inscriptions on the reverse dated 1873 and written by his daughter Elizabeth Devens Balfour, Thomas Miller (1747-1832) was "deacon of the First Parish Church in Charlestown 45 years, a man eminently distinguished by his Christian character...whose time for the last 15 years of his life and more was chiefly devoted to visiting the poor and afflicted..."

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