Samuel M. Shaver
Sold for $35,000
"Portrait of Edward Walton Walker (1850-1887)", ca. 1859
oil on canvas
40" x 30", framed 47" x 37"
Literature: Caldwell, Jr., Benjamin H., Robert Hicks and Mark W. Scala, Art of Tennessee, Nashville: First Center of the Visual Arts, exhibition catalogue, 2003.
Notes: Edward Walton Walker (1850-1887) was the oldest child of Dora Pearson Moses and Joseph Hardin Walker of Knox County, Tennessee. An avid sportsman, Edward is seated with his rifle across his lap and recent catch at this feet, set in the Eastern Tennessee landscape of his childhood. He became a realtor in Birmingham, Alabama and did not marry.
Little is known about the art training of the Tennessee portraitist Samuel M. Shaver. A talented artist, Shaver's distinctive style of portraiture and appreciation of landscape of his native Tennessee were revealed in this handsome portrait of Edward.
**Previously professionally cleaned and restored. Some distortion of canvas upper left and center; signs of inpainting along right and left edges; signs of inpainting upper right (sky) and upper left (tree) corners; small area of inpainting on his cheek (upper mid-left). Frame with surface marks, nicks and abrasions.
Canvas size is 42" x 32".