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Historical portrait of Bolton family fetches big $$

Posted by Ralph Ranalli July 5, 2007 10:06 AM


Deacon Robert Peckham's 1831 depiction of four children of Oliver Adams of Bolton, was sold recently to a Texas collector for $116,000, according to a story on the web site of the Antiques and the Arts newspaper.

The painting was described as "a gem of historical documentation, capturing in its many details a landscape view, interior decoration and the names and birth dates of the children pictured, as well as others deceased," the web site reported.

"It is a real New England portrait of a family charming, gentle, beautifully composed, near perfect in its palette with perhaps a hint of melancholy," Skinner executive vice president Stephen Fletcher said.

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