Ruth and Samuel Shute portrait highlights Americana auction

Ruth and Samuel Shute's Portrait of Electra Snow Pierce (1832) will cross the block in Skinner's Americana sale on August 14.

The painting is expected to make $100,000-150,000.

Ruth Samuel Shute
Ruth and Samuel Shute were a husband and wife team of painters

The husband and wife team worked together as portrait painters in New England in the 1830s, using a distinct vernacular style.

Ruth would draw the outline and Samuel would paint.

The reverse is inscribed: "Drawn by R.W. Shute and Painted by Samuel S.A. Shute, February 20th 1832."

It also includes the words: "This is portrait of Electa Pierce, sister of my grand-mother Marshall, who was Mary Bowers Pierce, lived in Dunstable and Hudson, N.H."

This second inscription is in a different hand, probably a descendent of the original owner.

In 2014, the Shutes' Portrait of Jeremiah H Emerson sold for $665,000 at Sotheby's.

Leander Allen Plummer II's Striped Bass (1911) carving is also on offer, with a valuation of $40,000-60,000.

Plummer was a native of New Bedford, Massachussets.

He trained as a painter in Paris, but on his return to the US discovered a natural aptitude for carving.

A lifelong hunter and fisherman, his subject was the wild game that surrounded him.

Another striped bass carving by Plummer sold for $59,250 at Skinner in 2009.  

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