Oil on canvas portrait of Oliver C. Coffin of Nantucket, aged 7 years, ca. 1830. Attributed to Sally Gardner. 19 1/2 in. x 23 1/2 in., sight. Framed in period, possibly original, gold leaf frame. Original stretcher. Very good condition, cleaned and relined with minor scattered retouch.
Oliver Cromwell Coffin was born on March 4, 1823, the son of Barnabus and Mary Coffin. He married Sarah Nickerson in 1851, and was lost at sea in 1857.
For a discussion of Sarah "Sally" Gardner (1799 -1862) see Michael Jehle, Picturing Nantucket.