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Joseph H. Davis
Date: 1811 - 1865
Remarks: Active, 1832-1837 Little is known of this prolific watercolor portrait artist who worked in rural New England in the 1830s and signed himself the "Left Hand Painter." Davis's portraits were painted between 1832 and 1837 in a small area of southern New Hampshire and neighboring parts of Maine. The subjects were usually farming folk who were sketched in profile, fashionably dressed, and surrounded by fancy and colorful furnishings. The artist's identity is not known with certainty, but he may have been one Pine Hill Joe Davis of Newfield, Maine. According to a legend still remembered in that area one hundred years later, Pine Hill Joe was a dabbler in paints who liked to wander through the countryside painting portraits for which the sitters paid him $1.50.