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2. [ART] James Brooks [1906-1992] American muralist, abstract painter and winner of the Logan Medal of the Arts. Brooks was a friend of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. Considered a first generation abstract expressionist painter, Brooks was amongst the first abstract expressionists to use staining as an important technique. The Courtauld Institute of Art (London), the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, Texas), the Harvard University Art Museums, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, Indiana), the Sheldon Art Gallery (Lincoln, Nebraska), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington D.C.), the Tate Gallery (London) and the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota) are among the public collections holding work by James Brooks. Signed Portland Museum of Art [Maine] membership brochure. This is also signed by Charles Whitney Payson [d. 1985] husband of Joan Whitney Payson the American heiress, businesswoman, philanthropist, patron of the arts and art collector. She was also co-founder and majority owner of Major League Baseball's New York Mets baseball franchise, and was the first woman to own a major-league team in North America without inheriting it. Also signed by Joe Brennan, the Gov. of Maine. VG............100-150

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19. [ART] CHRIS RITTER (1908-1976) American Painter, Print Maker, Sculptor and Architect. Born in Iola, Kansas. Died 1976 Ogunquit, Maine. Studied at the University of Kansas, ASL, Columbia University, Boston Museum School. Exhibited at BM, WMA, N.Y. Public library, Everhart Museum. Oakland Art Museum, Uptown Gallery 1939, Marguie Gallery 1943. Director of the Laurel Gallery in New York 1946-1951 with emphasis on American Modern Art including his own paintings in conjunction with other upcoming artists during this mid 20th century period representing artists such as Jimmy Ernst, Paul Bodin, Hananiah Harari, and Gabor Peterdi. He Later became a well known artist in Ogunquit, Maine and the President of the Ogunquit Art Association 1957-1959. Ritter also taught at Hunter College 1939-1941,Cornell University 1947, Ballard School 1947-1953, Midland Texas Art Center 1954. He became known for his free form oil paintings, water colors and prints. During the late 1930s and into the World War Two era Ritter had numerous one man shows and exhibitions including the Metropolitan Museum, Pennsylvania Academy and Chicago Art Institute. Ritter designed and built a home on Agamenticus Road in Ogunquit with a large studio area that soon became a local haunt for some of Maine's most important emerging artists. During the mid 1970s and early 1980s many of Ogunquit's popular gallery artists passed away including Ritter in 1976 and now all their works of art are sought after by collectors, dealers and auction houses. Offered here is a watercolor, nude torso, UNSIGNED, estate stamp on backing dated 2004. Shrinkwrapped. Overall 14 x 10". Fine condition. Provenance: directly from the Chris Ritter's home studio through his wife Jane's estate settlement in 2006...........200-300

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20. [ART] George Desvallieres (1861-1950) French painter. A native of Paris, Desvallières was a great-grandson of academician Gabriel Legouvé, and received a religious upbringing. He studied at the Académie Julian with Tony Robert-Fleury and with Jules Valadon at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He painted portraits at first, but a relationship with Gustave Moreau turned him towards an interest in mythology and religion. Desvallières became acquainted with ancient art during a trip to Italy in 1890, and upon his return began working in the style with which he was most associated, combining dark subjects and violent color with a dramatic conception of religion. He took as his subjects numerous symbolist characters, such as Narcissus (in 1901), Orpheus (1902), and The Marche Towards the Ideal (1903); he also served as one of the founders of the Salon d'Automne. In 1919 he founded the Ateliers d'Art Sacré with Maurice Denis, in an attempt to renew interest in religious art. The atelier served a similar function to that performed by artists' studios in the Middle Ages. Desvallières became interested in religious art after losing a son to World War I in 1915; he himself had commanded a battalion in the Vosges during the war. Desvallières also tackled a number of public and private decorative programs related to the war; among these were windows for the Douaumont ossuary and for a church in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He also illustrated a number of books and plays, including Edmond Rostand's La Princesse lointaine and "Rolla" by Alfred de Musset. Until 1950 he also received State commissions. Works by Desvallières may be found in the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée du Louvre. He died in Paris in 1950. In July 1929, Desvallières succeeded Georges Rouault who had just resigned from the position of Curator of the Musée Gustave-Moreau. In January 1930, he was elected member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts of Belgium, and, in the following month of May, member of the Institut de France in replacement of his friend René Ménard. The Fra Angelico Association d'Entraide aux Artistes appointed him president of their Management Committee in 1933. In March 1934, he signed Jacques Maritains' manifesto Pour Le Bien Commun, in favour of Christian socialism. The following year, he took part in the creation of L'Art Sacré review and was on its editorial committee. After Frantz Jourdain's death in the summer of 1935, he was elected president of the Salon d'Automne in 1936. In December 1938, he took position in favour of the new stained glass windows for the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. He became President of the Institut de France in January 1940, President of the Société de Saint Jean in 1943, and Honorary President of the Salon d'Automne in 1947. Original watercolor, signed and titled lower left, also signed and dated 1899 on verso of backing board. Approx. 3 x 12-1/4" plus alittle more on left & right sides. This had been glued to a stiff paper backing board which has separated now but is present. There are what appear to be 3 pin holes...........400-600

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CONTAINING 2 ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHS BY CHAGALL

21. [ART] Marc CHAGALL - Derriere le Miroir 182. Soft cover: Paris: Maeght, 1969, first edition, folio, 32 pages, text in French, contains 2 original color lithographs by Chagall, the cover and an excellent double page ("Le Peintre Devant le Village" and "Reverie", Mourlot 603a and 605; Cramer 81); many b&w and color reproductions; an excellent copy in publisher's wrappers. Excellent condition.............400-600

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22. [ART] Lowell Blair Nesbitt (1933-1993) American painter, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor. In 1958 the Baltimore Museum of Art hosted the first solo museum exhibit that Nesbitt was to have in his lengthy career but it was in 1964 with Nesbitt's debut at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Museum) in Washington D.C. that the art world truly took notice of his bold new style with this first public exhibition of the botanical series of paintings, drawings and prints which was to be the series of works that was to put Lowell Nesbitt on the map of current art world fascinations. The vast array of botanical works most likely would not have been created had it had not been for the beckoning of fellow artist, Robert Indiana who, in 1962 after viewing some of Lowell Nesbitt's abstract paintings drawings and prints suggested that he attempt to make a conversion from the abstraction which Nesbitt's career had been focused on pre-1962, to the style of realism. Nesbitt was often classified as a Photorealist artist, though, he fought inclusion with this group of artists throughout his career. Nesbitt quickly established himself as an artist who could employ both diversity of technique and subject matter while creating paintings, drawings and prints using studio interiors, articles of clothing, piles of shoes, x-ray figures (Nesbitt was the first highly recognized artist to use this subject matter) , caverns, ruins, landscapes, flowers, groupings of fruits and vegetables, and electronic components (he is credited for being the first artist to use computer parts as subject matter for his artwork). To honor Lowell Nesbitt's monumental contributions to the art world, in 1980, the United States Postal Service issued four stamps based on his floral paintings. He also served as the official artist for the NASA space flights of Apollo 9 and Apollo 13. Lowell Nesbitt was found dead in his New York studio in 1993 at the age of 59. Police stated he died of natural causes. Offered here is Nesbitt's Portfolio of three unframed serigraphs, Iris Portfolio (White and Wine Iris, Brown and Gold Iris, Pale Iris on White), 1980, each pencil signed and dated ''L. Nesbitt 1980'' lower right, each pencil numbered 173/250 lower left, sheets: 21''h x 14.75''w, contained in portfolio: 22.25''h x 17''w. VG. The scans showing below are from Iris but a later numbered portfolio...............800-1200

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23. [ART] RIFKA ANGEL [1899-1972] ORIGINAL signed gouache on paper, approx. 14 x 16.5 in. Fine condition except for one crease top edge. Rifka Angel - Born: 1899, Kalvaria, Russia; died 1972. Active in: Chicago, Illinois; New York City. Her painting "Rifka Telling a Story" is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Rifka Angel was born in Lithuania, Russia. Her family immigrated to America when she was thirteen. Angel began to draw seriously when she was 25. In 1924 she met John Sloan, Emil Ganzo, Ernest Fiene and Alfred Mauer. Art dealer Weyne selected several watercolours to keep in his gallery. Sloan also arranged for her to be in a group show at the Opportunity Gallery, where in 1926 her gouaches were exhibited with the paintings of Ben Shahn and other established artists. In 1927 she made a two- year visit in Russia, where for nine months she studied with David Sterenberg and others at the Moscow Academy of Art. Her works was hanging up in a group show at the Moscow Museum. Before returning home she stopped briefly in Paris and had a successful show. Rifka Angel has been exhibited in many prestigious museums including the Chicago Art Institute, Whitney, Museum of Modern Art, and many others. Gallery exhibits were presented by the Knoedler, Carl Fischer, A.C.A., the Waddington and the Jayson Gallery. Her work is mentioned in many art books. She was included in a travel exhibit organized by the Museum of Modern Art which was shown in 16 cities. UNFRAMED.............500-750 click links below to see painting

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24. [ART] Stow Wengenroth (1906-1978) American artist and lithographer, born in 1906 in Brooklyn, New York. Wengenroth was once called "America's greatest living artist working in black and white" by the American realist painter Andrew Wyeth, and he is generally considered to be one of the finest American lithographers of the twentieth century. He studied at the Art Students League of New York under George Brant Bridgeman and John Carlson from 1923 to 1927, then at the Grand Central School of Art under Wayman Adams. Wengenroth was elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters (renamed the American Academy of Arts and Letters) in 1942 and was also a member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts and the Prairie Printmakers. He was elected an Associate of the prestigious National Academy of Design in 1938, and a full Academician in 1941. Wengenroth was also the author of several influential books on lithography. Wengenroth's lithographs are found in most major American collections, including the Library of Congress, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. During his career, Wengenroth became well-known for his detailed depictions of the seascapes and landscapes of New England and, particularly, Maine . As an artist, he eschewed colour in his lithographs but rather focused on shadow, light, and form to transmit detail and dimension. While his urban scenes of Manhattan and the New York City environs are especially coveted by the current market, Wengenroth was most adept at creating sincere yet vivid simulacra of the New England littoral and interior. Offered here is an unsigned 2-sided watercolor. Sand dunes on one side and a most unusual abstraction watercolor on the other. This is the last of our Wengenroths that we bought at the Bruce Collins auction in Kennebunk, Maine. These were consigned to Collins from the estate of Wengenroth. Youngs Fine Arts sold our companion piece to this in their 7/12/97 sale, lot 52. It was 1-sided, signed, almost identical scene, a little smaller, and brought $660. We saved this one because it was nicer but mainly because of the unusual abstraction on the one side. This is guaranteed, without a time limit, to be by Stow Wengenroth and we will send along a letter of guarantee to the winning bidder. This piece is approx. 14-3/4 x 19-3/4 in. Pin holes in the corners caused by Wengenroth. His watercolors & drawings are quite uncommon. CLICK BELOW TO SEE BOTH SIDES............700-1000

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25. [ART] CARROLL THAYER BERRY (1886-1978) Maine artist known as THE DOWN EAST PRINTMAKER. As an engineer he worked on the Panama Canal before moving to Maine to become an artist. His work is well known and in many important collections, including The Library of Congress. A few years ago a book was published on his life and work, Elwyn Dearborns' CATALOGUE RAISONNE: The Down East Printmaker, Carroll Thayer Berry. Although prints by Berry are not rare, his drawings are. When we are finished selling Berry drawings there will be no more. A single sheet containing 9 unsigned graphite drawings, the largest approx. 2 x 2.5 in......125-175

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Important American Female Modernist

26. [ART] MARGARETT SARGENT (1892-1978) American artist. An unconventional member of an aristocratic Boston family and fourth cousin of the artist John Singer Sargent, Margarett Sargent was an artist who rebelled against both the social conventions and artistic tastes of her class and time. Student of George Luks and Mt. Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum, she was inspired by such school-of-Paris Modernists as Matisse, Picasso and the German Expressionists. She began to exhibit in 1916, eventually participating in as many as than 30 shows. She became a great beauty who challenged her conservative family to pursue a career in art. Lincoln Kirstein, founder of the New York City Ballet, gave her a solo exhibition at the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art, in a season that included Maurice Prendergast, Buckminster Fuller Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Calder performed his famous miniature circus at Sargent's Boston home. Bernice Abbott photographed her, Marie Laurencin painted her daughter's portrait. She met Edith Wharton and Gertrude Stein, and collected works by Derain, Vlaminck, De Chirico Degas, Gauguin, Vuillard, Villon and Toulouse-Lautrec. She carried on affairs with lovers of both sexes, including the writer Jane Bowles, and also suffered from severe bouts of manic-depression and alcoholism. At he same time, Sargent was married to a wealthy Bostonian and had four children by him. Francoise Gilot (artist and mother of two children by Picasso) wrote that she was like Zelda Fitzgerald who struggled to be freed from the constraints imposed on them by society. An exhibition of her work was held at the Davis Art Museum (Wellesley College). A major book on her life and art has been published and the exhibition traveled from the Davis Museum to New York for exhibition at the Berry-Hill Galleries. This drawing had been in storage since her death in 1978. Because of the exhibitions, the book, and several articles [including a major article in the Boston Globe], there is at present, more than a little interest in this artist, which is sure to grow. ORIGINAL Ink drawing, unsigned, titled "Getting her off," 12 x 9.................200-300

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53. [ART] Marie-Clementine de Rochechouart-Mortemart, Duchesse d'Uzes [ 1847-1933] French feminist sculptor, she was the 1st French woman to get a driver's licence. Her work was shown in various salons and she was President of the Union des Femmes Paintres et Sculpteurs. ALS, 1910, 1p. Re: an evening of poetry.............75-100

 

58. [ART] Maurice Delcourt [1877-1917] Fr. artist. ALS, no date, 2pp, 4.5 x 6". Speaks about his wood engravings in a magazine. VG...........50-75

 

Nice Drawing By Important Victorian Artist

84. [ART] Henry John Yeend King (1855 - 1924) Henry John Yeend King was an important Victorian genre and landscape artist. He was was a landscape and rustic genre painter. He worked for three years in a glassworks, and he studied under William Bromley and also with Bonnat and Cormon in Paris. He exhibited between 1874-1924 at the Royal Academy, Royal Society of British Artists, Suffolk Street, New Watercolour Society and the Grosvenor Gallery. He was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists in 1879, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours 1886 and later Vice-President. Yeend King was also a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. In 1898 his picture of "Milking Time" was bought be the Tate Gallery. Yeend King was a typical late Victorian painter of rustic genre often portraying garden scenes with pretty girls, but his robust plein air technique and bold colours reflect his Paris training. Works by him are in the Tate, the Walker Art Gallery, Reading, Rochdale and Sheffield Galleries. Offered here is an original ink drawing signed and dated Nov. 1900, done on 5-3/4 x 8-1/4" sheet. VG...........80-120

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RARE LETTER BY WALT KUHN

160. [ART] Kuhn, Walter Francis, known as Walt. (1877-1949). American painter, b. Brooklyn, N.Y. As a founder (1912) and secretary of Association of American Painters and Sculptors, was instrumental in staging New York Armory Show (1913) that introduced avant-garde painting to U.S. Known for his bold and unpolished paintings of clowns, show girls, and acrobats, as The Blue Clown (1931) and Lavender Plumes (1938); in later years painted still lifes and trees. ALS, Ogunquit, Maine, written on both sides of 6x7" sheet. Signed "W" as was his custom when writing to his wife Vera. Accompanied by hand-addressed envelope to "Mrs. Walt Kuhn" this his signature is in the address. Postmarked Aug. 22, 1943. Talks about buying food for dinner / he is with Jensen / "It is remarkable what he has learned about art since he has known me. He does quite credable stuff already..." / "he also knows that no man can work until 50 to make his pile [money] and then take up art...." Letters, or anythingthing signed, by Walt Kuhn have always been rare. He and his wife and daughter were extremely private people. Rare!................250-350

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204. Edwin Whitefield (1816 &endash; 1892) was a landscape artist who is best known for his lithographed views of North American cities and for a number of illustrated books on colonial homes in New England. Born in Dorset, England, he emigrated to the United States in 1838. Offered here is an original lithograph of The Carr House, Conanicut, R.I. Signed in the plate and dated 1882. Image 5 x 3" plus margins. Excellent condition. Caption says probably built by Gov. Carr for his son. Caleb Carr (1624 - 17 December 1695) was a governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, serving a very short term prior to his death by drowning..........25-35

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205. Edwin Whitefield (1816 &endash; 1892) was a landscape artist who is best known for his lithographed views of North American cities and for a number of illustrated books on colonial homes in New England. Born in Dorset, England, he emigrated to the United States in 1838. Offered here is an original lithograph of The Paine House, Conanicut, R.I. Unsigned, circa 1882. Image 5-1/4 x 3-1/8" plus margins. Excellent condition. Caption says probably built by Capt. Thos. Paine, who married the daughter of Gov. Carr. Caleb Carr (1624 - 17 December 1695) was a governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, serving a very short term prior to his death by drowning..........25-35

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206. [ART] Henry Bone (1755-1834) English enamel painter who was also officially employed in that capacity by three successive monarchs - George III, George IV and William IV. In his early career he worked as a porcelain and jewelry painter. He was elected a Royal Academician and was responsible for producing the largest enamel paintings ever seen up to that time. ALS, 1805, 1p, 7 x 6-3/4". laid to stiff backing paper. Says he has finished the enamel of the recipient's mother............100-150

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216. [ART] W (Walt Kuhn) (1880-1949) American painter. Walt Kuhn was one of the earliest and most outspoken champions of modern art. Best known for his bold and vibrant paintings of vaudeville performers and circus clowns, Kuhn was also a talented graphic artist, writer, and teacher. He was also one of the founding members of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors (AAPS). In 1929 Kuhn's work The White Clown was included in a groundbreaking exhibition, "Paintings by Nineteen Living Americans," held at the newly formed Museum of Modern Art. His inclusion in this show established his reputation as a leading figure in American art. A rare ALS, Sept. 10, 1948, written on both sides of 8-1/2 x 11 sheet. Signed "W" but includes the original envelope addressed in his hand to Mrs. Walt Kuhn. Some of the things mentioned: Tooth in good shape / everything OK here / I'm happy over the pending of Patsy's arrival / I do no dish washing! / all set to start painting Eleanor tomorrow / I may surprise you with another picture or two, etc. Walt Kuhn, his wife Vera, and their only child, Brenda, were very private people. His letters are very scarce................200-300

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Check Signed by Two Famous Artists

218. [ART] S.A. Douglas Volk (1856-1935) American portrait painter and the son of noted sculptor Leonard Volk. Best known for his portraits of Abraham Lincoln, one of which hangs in the Lincoln Bedroom at the White House. He was named after his mother's cousin (Abraham Lincoln's political rival) Stephen A. Douglas. Signed 1923 bank check made out and endorsed on the verso by the well known artist Emil Carlsen (1853-1932) painter associated with the Cos Cob Art Colony. He was born and educated in Copenhagen, Denmark. Carlsen painted primarily landscapes and still lifes. His fastidiously-painted still lifes were influenced by Chardin and often depicted copper pans, game, or flowers. He was an art teacher for over fifty years; his students included James Swinnerton. Carlsen was a member of the Bohemian Club, lived in New York City, and received the Samuel T. Shaw Purchase Prize. VG............75-100

 

What Will Create A National Art

285. Douglas Volk [1856-1935] American artist of note. He was born to be an artist. His father was the famous sculptor Leonard Wells Volk and his mother Emily Barlow Volk was cousin to Senator Steven A. Douglas. At a young age Douglas showed an ability to draw and was taken seriously, later studying with George Inness, and at age 14 took classes at the Accademia San Luca in Italy. In 1873 Volk went to Paris to study at Ecole des Beaux Arts with the Master Jean-Leon Gerome. When he returned to the U.S. he began teaching at The Cooper Institute in New York and in 1886 was founder of the Minneapolis School Of Fine Art. In 1893 Volk was made a member of the national jury of selection at the Columbian Expo where he also exhibited three paintings and won  the the gold medal, his first major award.  In 1899 the National Academy granted him membership. His paintings hang in many important collections including the Metropolitan Museum in NY.  Douglas Volk first ventured into Lincoln portraiture in 1908, and that canvas, reworked in 1917, eventually found its way into the National Gallery of Art. It also achieved a kind of anonymous familiarity between 1954 and 1968, when it was featured on the regular four-cent U.S. postage stamp. Douglas was the son of Leonard Volk (1828-1895) American sculptor, most famous for making a life mask of American President Abraham Lincoln. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln sat in Leonard Volk's studio, a little child was running in and out. The great man took him on his knee and asked his name. It was Douglas. It was this boy, long grown to manhood, who was to  paint one of the most famous portraits of Abraham Lincoln. Offered here is an UNSIGNED 18 page manuscript written by Douglas Volk, titled "What Will Create A National Art." Volk's corrected pages, possibly incomplete. We haven't read this so we do not know if pages are missing............150-200

 

Old Master Print

286. [ART] Original Old Master engraving, artist unknown, slim margins, total size 9-1/4 x 6", one faint fold line down center. Probably 18th century...........50-75

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Old Master Print

287. [ART] Original Old Master engraving, artist unknown, slim margins, print size 8-1/4 x 5", laid to larger sheet, one faint fold line down center. Probably 18th century...........50-75

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295. [ART] E.D. (Charles Joseph Ernest Delalleau. 1826-1864) French painter of historical subjects. Offered here is a detailed graphite drawing, signed with initials, dated 1858 on mounting sheet, approx. 8 x 10-3/4". .........200-300

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389. [ART] Frederic Leighton [1830-1896] English painter and sculptor. Clip signature......25-35

 

390. [ART] Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler KCVO RA (1892-1974) British sculptor, and the first sculptor to hold the Presidency of the Royal Academy (from 1956 through 1966). ANS on card, 1957. About 3x5". VG..........25-35

 

391. [ART] William Frederick Yeames (1835-1918) British painter best known for his oil-on-canvas problem picture And When Did You Last See Your Father?, which depicts the son of a Royalist being questioned by Parliamentarians during the English Civil War. Signed card, with sentiment. Fine.........25-35

 

399. [ART] LEO FRIEDLANDER [1889-1966] American Sculptor. Signed 4-1/2 x 2-5/8 in card. See stain left edge..............20-30

 

400. [ART] GORE - English illustrator. Original ink drawing, mat opening is 8.5 x 6.25 in. Pictures fully developed rendering of a nurse, plus sketches of a clown, & 8 heads. Unsigned. Shrink-wrapped...............................40-60

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401. [ART] Fernand Cormon (1845-1924) French painter born in Paris. He became a pupil of Alexandre Cabanel, Eugène Fromentin, and Jean-François Portaels, and one of the leading historical painters of modern France. ALS, 1919, 1p., 4-1/4 x 7". Fine..........50-75

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404. [ART] Edward Matthew Ward (1816-1879) English Victorian narrative painter best known for his murals in the Palace of Westminster depicting episodes in British history from the English Civil War to the Glorious Revolution. Ward was born in Pimlico, England. As a student at the Royal Academy of Arts Ward became a member of The Clique, a group of painters led by Richard Dadd. Like other members of the Clique Ward saw himself as a follower of Hogarth and Wilkie, considering their styles to be distinctly national in character. Many of his early paintings were set in the eighteenth century and were on Hogarthian subjects. He also painted episodes from seventeenth century history, influenced by the thinking of his friend, the historian Thomas Babington Macaulay. He also painted subjects from the history of the French Revolution. In the 1850s Ward came into conflict with the Pre-Raphaelites, especially Millais, whose style of art he considered to be un-British. Ward's painting of Charlotte Corday being led to execution beat Millais's Ophelia for a prize at Liverpool, leading to much debate at the time. Such historical paintings led to Ward's commission to paint eight scenes in the corridor leading into the House of Commons. These were to depict parallel episodes on the Royalist and Parliamentary sides in the Civil War. Ward's paintings depict the opposed figures as if confronting one another across the corridor. Ward continued to paint Hogarthian versions of episodes from British history throughout the 1860s, notably Hogarth's Studio in 1739 (1863, York City Art Gallery) the Antechamber at Whitehall During the Dying Moments of Charles II (1865, Walker Art Gallery , Liverpool). In the 1870s he painted some modern-life genre subjects, but towards the end of the decade began to suffer painful illness and depression, resulting in his suicide in 1879. His wife Henrietta Ward was also a painter. After her husband's death she became a successful art teacher. His son Leslie Ward became a popular caricaturist for the magazine Vanity Fair under the nickname 'Spy'. Three items offered here. (1] An ALS by Ward, [1878], 2pp, approx. 4.5 x 7 in. To J.R. Hammond, regarding his designs for a tapestry. Edge mounting trace on back. (2] Small ink sketch identified as portrait of E.M. ward by J.R. H. [Hammond, recipient of this letter]. Approx. 5 x 2-3/4 in. plus mount. Creases + minor toning. (3) Pencil sketch by Ward of a man and woman in the style of dress worn in the time of Charles II. This is also mounted with creases & light toning. Unsigned with identification in pencil at top. Autographs of Ward are uncommon. Click links below to see letter and sketches...............150-200

 

Watercolor of Mount Vernon

418. [ART] Original Watercolor of Mt. Vernon, signed G.E. Graves. Signed grisaille [monochromatic] watercolor of Mt. Vernon - home of George Washington. Image approx. 11-1/4 x 16 plus margins. Circa 1910-20. VG...............300-400

 

424. [ART] ANNI ALBERS (1899-1994) Textile Artist considered the foremost textile artist of the twentieth century. Born in Berlin she studied weaving and taught at the Bauhaus until it was closed in 1933, and afterwards immigrated to the United States where she continued to make innovative textiles and prints From the time she was a young student at the, she created wall hangings that stand on their own as abstract works of art, comparable in their boldness and modernism to some of the bravest paintings of the epoch. In her upholstery, drapery fabrics, and other functional materials. She married the great painter Josef Albers. Brief TLS dtd 2/10/83.................50-75

 

465. [ART] Esther [Bensusan] Pissaro [1870-1951] British wood engraver & artist. She was married to Lucien Pissaro [1863-1944] artist and son of the famed artist, Camile Pissaro. ALS, 1923, 1p, concerning a certain work of art that her husband never did, but the recipient of letter would be welcomed if they came to England. Her letters are not common. One mail fold o/w excellent condition................75-100

 

473. [ART] Edward Hawke Locker (1777 -1849) English watercolourist (producing works now in the V&A and British Museum). He was named after his father's patron Admiral Edward Hawke. Entering the navy pay office as a clerk on 1 June 1795, he served in its India department (from 1799) and the board of naval enquiry before becoming a prize agent and Edward Pellew 's civil secretary during his East Indies, North Sea and Mediterranean commands from 1804 to 1814. He was in England in July 1802, when he accompanied the French balloonist André-Jacques Garnerin on his second English ascent during the Peace of Amiens. He also spent time in Spain in 1813 during the Peninsular War alongside Lord John Russell, bringing despatches to Wellington, as well as visiting Napoleon in May 1814 during his Elba exile. ALS, 1826, 1p, 4-5/8 x 7-1/4". To apparently a young collector of autographs giving advice -who to collect i.e. Southey, Basil Hall, Captain Parry [North Pole] Sir T. Laurence - Pres. of R. Academy etc. VG............100-150

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2010. Bernard Karfiol (1886-1952) Original ink drawing, signed B. Karfiol. Provenance: Estate of Chris and Jane Ritter, Ogunquit, Maine. Approx. 18 x 12" sheet. VG condition...............500-750

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2027. [ART] MARGUERITE PEARSON (1898-1978) Noted American painter. Born in Philadelphia, she made her reputation in the Rockport area of Mass., north of Boston. She studied at the Boston Art Museum School; and Rockport Summer School, under A.T. Hibbard. She was a member of The North Shore Arts Association; Allied Artists of America; Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts; Rockport Art Association; American Artists Professional League; American Federation of Arts. Offered here is an original oil painting on stretched canvas, 25-3/4 x 19-1/2 in. plus frame. Painted in black & white [and therefore grays], obviously to be used as an illustration for some book or publication unknown to us. Unsigned but with Estate Certification on back signed by Martha Blanshet [?], Director, Rockport Art Association, Feb. 19, 1980. She certifies that this unsigned painting is from the Pearson estate. Several slight crack lines in the paint o/w VG. Pearson's paintings are today highly prized...........4000-6000

 

EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL ETCHING PLATE

2042. (ART) WALT KUHN [1877-1949]. American painter. An ORIGINAL zinc etching plate of a female nude seated in a chair. The title is "Girl In Knickerbockers" and according to an exhibition of Kuhn prints at the Kennedy Galleries years ago, there were only from 1 to 6 impressions ever pulled from this plate. Typical Kuhn style. Plate size 5-1/4 x 2-3/8 in. Etchings could still be pulled from the plate. Very seldom does an original etching plate by an important artist ever reach the open market, as they usually are in institutional collections. Provenance: Kuhn Estate. There is a confidential reserve...............2000-3000

 

Major Etching By Giovanni Battista Piranesi

2056. [ART] Giovanni Battista Piranesi [1720-1778] Italian artist famous for his etchings/engravings of Rome. From 1740 he was in Rome with Marco Foscarini, the Venetian envoy to the Vatican. He resided in the Palazzo Venezia and studied under Giuseppe Vasi, who introduced him to the art of etching and engraving. From 1748-1774 he created a long series of vedute of the city of Rome which established his fame. Offered here is an original etching by Piranesi, "The Waterfall at Tivoli" (Hind 75), the 3rd state of five, plate signed 1766. Image approx. 18-1/2 x 27-3/4" plus margins. One crease in left dark side in image area. There is light foxing throughout the margins. Hind identifies of the 5 states. Hind says this is the 3rd state because "III. Numbers, 125 XXX lower r. SOANE. TUBES, ist Paris Ed." 125 XXX does show in lower right corner of image. In scan below there appears to be different color but that is caused by light when photographed, and isn't present in the print............1800-2800

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Merv Slotnick Works of Art

Merv Slotnick [b. 1941] American artist living in Maine. His work is in many collections throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, France, Italy, etc. His work has been included in exhibitions at New York University; Maine Biennial; Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY; Mansfield State College, Pa.; Ball State Univ.; Edison Community College, Cape Coral, Florida; Center For The Arts, Midland, Michigan; Central Michigan Univ.; Saginaw Art Museum; Provincetown Art Association; Grand Rapids Art Museum; Battle Creek Arts Center, Mich.; All Michigan Artists Traveling Show [1970-73] which traveled to various colleges & universities in Michigan; Northern Arizona Univ.; Alaska Pacific Univ., plus others.

 

1835. Acrylic on paper, 1985, 12 x 9"........50-75

1847. Acrylic on paper, 2001, 12 x 9" paper size........50-75

2541. Acrylic on paper, 2003 - 2005, 12 x 9"........50-75

2542. Acrylic on paper, 2005, 9x12"........50-75

2543. Acrylic on paper, 2000, 11-1/4 x 8-1/2"........50-75

2544. Acrylic on paper, 1978 & 2001, 9x12"........50-75

2545. Acrylic on paper, 2001, 11-3/4 x 8-1/4"........50-75

2546. Acrylic on paper, 1976, 11 x 8-1/2"........50-75

2547. Acrylic on paper, 2005, 11 x 8-1/2"........50-75

2548. Acrylic on paper, 2005, 12x9"........50-75

2705. Serigraph on paper, edition 28, 4-3/4 x 3" plus margins........50-75