Jane Helena Manley
Folk Art Picture
New Brunswick, NJ, dated 1843
Inscribed on the back in ink cursive writing: "Jane Helena Manley 1843 I never learned the art of painting
but I merely wanted/ this for to have something in the frame as Sarah took hers out". Note: In 1843 Jane
was 24 years old and her sister Sarah was two years older.
This charming picture was worked in crayon on paper by Jane when she was 24 years and is reminiscent of vistas
found near New Brunswick, NJ. It depicts a well- dressed couple sitting on a fallen tree on the bank of a stream
under towering trees with a water fall in the background. Above them is a small white clapboard center-chimney
house. The man is reading from a small book while the young lady is leaning in with interest. The painting is
framed with a solid line set in from the wooden frame, which gives the illusion that the painted is matted.
Jane Helena Manley, born circa 1819 in New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey. She had an older sister named
Sarah (b. 1817). Her father was active in the Dutch Reformed Church and owned a massive amount of property at the
time of his death in 1865. Jane actually pre-deceased him by more than a year, but he hadn't changed his will at
the time of his death (the will was entered in both NJ and King County, NY). The family had plenty of funds to
support education. Based on Richard's will, the family included Frances Rebecca Manley, born 1826, who had an unspecified
disability. Jane would have been about seven years old when Frances was born.
Crayon on paper; 17" x 24", 20" x 27" with original mahogany veneered frame.
STEPHEN & CAROL HUBER
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