Lot 18
  • 18

Andrew Wyeth 1917-2009

300,000 - 500,000 USD
362,500 USD
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  • Andrew Wyeth
  • Independence Day
  • signed Andrew Wyeth, l.l.
  • watercolor on paper


Collection of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth, 1961
The Lefevre Gallery, London
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1975


London, The Lefevre Gallery, Andrew Wyeth, May-June 1974, no. 3, illustrated in color


Nigel Gosling, "America's Other Andy," Observer Magazine, May 1974, pp. 32-35, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

In Independence Day, Andrew Wyeth portrays his longtime friend and neighbor Tom Clark sitting on his porch alongside a billowing American flag. Clark lived in a small African American community in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, known as "Little Africa," which had originated as a Quaker stop on the Underground Railroad. Growing up, Wyeth played with the children of the neighborhood, and throughout his adult life, he painted its residents. Wyeth produced numerous watercolors and pencil drawings of Clark, the first of which was completed in 1957.  Wyeth recalled: "He welcomed me so easily ... I painted him in every angle—seated, lying down, bending over. I lived with him for almost a month ... He would cook for me" (in Mary Lynn Kotz, "Wyeth's Black Models," ArtNews, May 2001). As with other subjects, Clark's physical attributes captivated Wyeth. He explained:  "I was very fond of my father-in law, a tall, dignified Welshman with a keen sense of humor. Tom reminded me of him—the same bald head, almost identical shaped nose, and pale blue eyes" (in Andrew Wyeth, Close Friends, 2001, P. 117).