CROSBIE, Thomas & Jane (née WILSON). A late Georgian period pair of silhouettes of a gentleman and lady painted on card and mounted in contemporary ebonised oval wood frames (cracked at base) circa 4 x 4.5 inches, both with suspension loops. On the reverse the paper backings have indistinct pencil inscriptions reading: 'The late Thomas Crosbie to Peter Carruthers Esq Portrack' and 'Jane Wilson or Mrs Crosbie to Peter Carruthers Esq Portrack'. Both have additional paper labels inscribed 'THOMAS CROSBIE B 1762 D 1818' and 'JANE WILSON (MRS THOMAS CROSBIE B 1762 D 1826). The portrait of Mrs Crosbie has an unsightly brown stain at the base of the card.
Thomas Crosbie (1762-1818) was a merchant of Dumfries who in 1787 married Janet Wilson (1762-1826) the daughter of Robert Wilson (1730-1807) who was in the tanning business, and his wife Mary Robson. They had at least six children (see Memorials of St Michael's: The Old Parish Churchyard of Dumfries 1876). Evidently these portraits were given to Peter Carruthers (1831-1915) of Portrack House, Dumfries, who was possibly a relation.