American, 1924-2006

Two Portraits, Martha and George Washington

oil on board
Martha Washington
signed Mose T lower right
24 x 12 in.

George Washington
signed Mose T lower right
24 x 15 5/8 in.

  • Provenance: George Washington: Purchased from the artist by his friend Mary Allen, 1999. Accompanied by a notarized letter from Ms. Allen attesting to this purchase as well as a photograph of the artist with the work. During the later years of his life, Mose Tolliver's children assisted him in his work, and it is possible that one of his children helped produce this painting.
    Martha Washington: Ms. Laurice Culp; Southern Visionary Art, Pensacola, FL, inventory number 53; Private Collection. Accompanied by a letter of provenance and authenticity from Anne Bullard, owner of Southern Visionary Art. Culp is said to have traded one or two pianos for Mose's church in exchange for a collection of his paintings.  

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