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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JAY AND FRANCES MCDONALD SANDS

N. C. Wyeth
"SIT DOWN," SAYS THE STRANGER. "I TAKE WHAT I HAVE A MIND TO, SIR." (THE LAUGHING LADY)
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JAY AND FRANCES MCDONALD SANDS

N. C. Wyeth
"SIT DOWN," SAYS THE STRANGER. "I TAKE WHAT I HAVE A MIND TO, SIR." (THE LAUGHING LADY)
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 225,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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N. C. Wyeth
1882 - 1945
"SIT DOWN," SAYS THE STRANGER. "I TAKE WHAT I HAVE A MIND TO, SIR." (THE LAUGHING LADY)
signed N.C. WYETH (upper right)
tempera on panel
25 3/4 by 25 inches
(65.4 by 63.5 cm)
Painted circa 1940. 
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Provenance

The artist
Mrs. N.C. Wyeth
Gift to the present owners from the above, 1949

Exhibited

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Newman Galleries, Wyeth Family Exhibition, October 1965

Literature

Constance Wagner, "Laughing Lady," Woman's Home Companion, vol. 67, no. 5, May 1940, illustrated p. 17
Douglas Allen and Douglas Allen, Jr., N.C. Wyeth: The Collected Paintings, Illustrations and Murals, New York, 1972, p. 280
Christine B. Podmaniczky, N.C. Wyeth: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, vol. II, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, 2008, no. I1304, p. 586, illustrated

Catalogue Note

N.C. Wyeth painted "Sit down," says the stranger. "I take what I have a mind to, sir." (The Laughing Lady) circa 1940 as the period that is today known as the Golden Age of Illustration was coming to an end. By this time, Wyeth had achieved success as an illustrator after studying at Howard Pyle’s eponymous school and selling his first drawing to The Saturday Evening Post in 1903. He gained further recognition when he received a commission from Charles Scribner’s Sons to illustrate Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island in 1911. Wyeth’s career continued to flourish by the time of his death in 1945 he had created nearly 4,000 illustrations for books and magazines.  The present work is an illustration for Constance Wagner’s “Laughing Lady”, a short story that was published in Woman’s Home Companion in May 1940.

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