PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
PAIR OF PORTRAITS OF CHARLES COFFIN, ESQ. AND HIS WIFE, MARY DAVENPORT, OF BUXTON, MAINE, DATED NOV. 1808
29 1/2 by 24 1/2 in. (74.9 by 62.2cm)
oil on canvas
David A. Schorsch, Inc., New York, June 1984
Charles Coffin (1779-1851) aged 29 years, is a handsome gentleman with whispy brown hair and sensitive dark eyes, a most pleasant facial expression, depicted half-length wearing a navy blue waist coat with gold buttons, a white vest, stock and tie, his left arm is crossed in typical Brewster fashion, holding an opened brown book in his hand, posed before a shaded gray background. Signed in pencil on the original strecher: John Brewster, Jr. Pinxt, Nov. 5, 1808 Age 29.
Mary Davenport Coffin (1783-1857) aged 25 years, is a beautiful young woman, her light brown hair in an elaborate sausage-curl coiffure, with delicate features, depicted half-length wearing a fancy white dress with a fine lacework collar, she has a gold ring earing which matches her gold brooch, the puffy sleeves of her dress are tied with small white bows at the ends, her right arm is crossed in typical Brewster fashion and complements that of Mr. Coffin, she holds a tiny bird in her hand, posed against a gray background. Signed in pencil on the original stretcher: John Brewster, Jr. Pinxt, Nover. 1, 1909 Age 25.
John Brewster, Jr. was related to the Coffin family of Buxton, Maine by the marriage of his younger brother Royal to Dorcas Coffin, a sister of Charles Coffin. Brewster also painted the portrait of the Reverend Paul Coffin, the father of Charles and Dorcas Coffin.