Early American Children Portraits by Joseph Whiting Stock
You indicated to me that your found these wonderful early American children portraits in a box of ephemera which you purchased at an auction. You further stated that they measure 8.5″ x 6″ and are on paper stock, there are no signatures on either piece and are curious as to who these wonderful children are because you have seen these images before.
You have copies of known Early American portraits by artist William Howard Smith.
The little girl in the lovely pink dress is Mary Jane Smith painted in 1838. She was two when the original was painted and the original painting is close to life-sized in height.
The little boy is by the same artist his name is William Howard Smith and was also painted in 1838. I love that you can see the family dog near his feet. This original is also painted near life-size in height.
Mr. Smith was a well known carriage and stagecoach maker and dear little William went on to run the family business and carry on its success.
Mr. Stock (1815-1855), was a well known portrait artist and painted many important people, families and children. He was also known for his miniature portrait paintings and landscapes.
What you have are two of what was more than likely a set of 6 or 8 prints of paintings by Stock. They would have come in a portfolio set and most often were given away by banks and insurance companies. They would have been in a folder with the company name on the front.
The current value is $10-$15 each if free of marks or stains.