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Re: Portrait of Captain John Ansley, 1801
Posted by: Charlotte Hix (ID *****5220) Date: January 08, 2011 at 08:08:13
In Reply to: Re: Portrait of Captain John Ansley, 1801 by Bill Pease of 522

The portrait of Captain John Ansley, who is definitely the son of Ozias and Charity, descended in the family, after it was at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, to the least popular member of the family, or so family tradition says. When the book, Our Ansley Family, by Harold Ansley Davidson was being compiled about 1932, Mr Davidson found a reference to the portrait in the family letters that a descended in a different branch of the family. When asked where the portrait was located, it was found rolled up in the family home of Virginia (Ansley) Cogan. It was restored at this time, and descended to Virginia's daughter, Mary Cogan. Sometime in the 1960s/70s, Mary Cogan needed money and sold the painting without notifying any of her Ansley cousins. Her cousin, Edith Narwood, was so annoyed that she never spoke to Mary again. I know that the painting was sold through one of the NY art galleries, and was in the home of a dentist in the midwest.

Has the painting been resold? Or why was it mentioned again in Antiques magazine?

Charlotte Hix


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