1843 W. Dittmar Watercolor Portraits
They are my great-great-grandparents. They come from Pennsylvania, in the New Berlin area. I don't know who the artist was, but they're something I love very much.
Well, that was a very German part of Pennsylvania back in 1843. And it was at a time in history when this was the photography of the day, and they're done in wonderful silhouette pose. They're watercolors. The wife is painted by Dittmar. We don't know exactly who he is-- probably an itinerant artist that operated in that area. And it's in German, it says "painted by." The husband's is English. It says "Done by Dittmar." So it's a transitional period when there is still German, and English is starting to be phased in. I think on the marketplace, they're wonderful and probably'd be valued at somewhere in the $4,000 to $6,000 area.
Oh, my goodness. (laughs)
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