The sale of American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture of April 8th presents a rich and varied selection of works from the mid-19th century through the late 20th century.
Highlights from the 19th century include Gilbert Stuart's lively and penetrating, Portrait of Ralph Winstanley Wood and a few handsome still-lifes, from the meditative, Wine and Brass Stewing Kettle by John Frederick Peto to the exuberant, Still Life in a Landscape by Paul Lacroix. A charming genre piece, Elliot Daingerfield's, A Quaint Oriental Shop should be noted as well. A number of striking landscapes are on offer, including Shepherd and Flock at Sunset by George Inness; Rocky Coast by William Trost Richards and Albert Bierstadt's mountain view, Above the Timberline. A group of seven landscapes from the collection of Beverly B. Bernstein, Washington, D.C., include works by John Frederick Kensett, John Clinton Ogilvie, De Witt Clinton Botelle and Xanthus Russell Smith, among others.
From the early 20th century, a major work by Harry Mills Walcott, The Cotillion, from 1910, depicts a local children's dance class near his studio in New Jersey in full session. Modernist works of the 20th century include Robert Riggs', High Bars, a view of the circus, one of the artist's favorite subjects; abstract works by A.E. Gallatin, Blanche Lazzell and G.L.K. Morris and a superb realist work by Luigi Lucioni, Chinese Leaves, our cover lot. To round out the Modern section, we offer works by two of the foremost American illustrators, Norman Rockwell and Stevan Dohanos. From Rockwell, an early illustration for Boy's Life magazine entitled, Vinegar Bill, from 1915, then a 1955 study for a Scott Paper Towel advertisement and finally, a portrait of the longtime popular mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek. Stevan Dohanos', The Yale Freshman appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post issue of June 5, 1948.