He is a large oval 43 x 35 frame from an auction house in Pennsylvania, ca. 1850. He holds a book which some say signifies that he can read. Other just call it a prop. Usually a person well off enough to pay for an oil portrait was well off enough to have some education.
The canvas is 35 x 27. I think the gesso decoration on this frame is going to be some of the best examples I have of that lost art.
He should arrive within two weeks. I need more wall space.