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Lot 69
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Jamie Wyeth b.1946

Estimate
150,000 - 250,000 USD
Sold
182,500 USD
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Description

  • Jamie Wyeth
  • Scotia Prince
  • signed J. WYETH (lower right)
  • oil on canvas

Provenance

Nicholas Wyeth Inc., New York
James Graham & Sons, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1999

Exhibited

Rockland, Maine, Farnsworth Art Museum, Jamie Wyeth: Islands, June-August 1993, no. 35, p. 11 
Rockland, Maine, Farnsworth Art Museum; Wilmington, Delaware, Delaware Art Museum, Wonderous Strange: The Wyeth Tradition, Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, James Wyeth, June 1998-February 1999, no. 159, p. 159, illustrated in color
Rockland, Maine, Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, Gulls, Ravens and A Vulture: The Orinthological Paintings of Jamie Wyeth, June-October 2006, no. 9, p. 14, illustrated in color p. 17

Catalogue Note

The people and places of Maine have consistently served as the subjects of many of Jamie Wyeth's paintings, including Scotia Prince. Wyeth began spending his summers there with his family in the late 1950s, and ultimately purchased a home on Monhegan, a small island off the coast. To describe this enigmatic work, Wyeth stated:

Scotia Prince is this gambling boat which goes by Monhegan at odd hours in the night. I always loved the idea of this 'thing' floating off there, and all the gulls on Monhegan--these sort of reptilian creatures--watching the ship go by. Seeing them on the ledge, it's a kind of fantastic thing. I would watch the Scotia Prince go by at night and it always looked like a fake stage set or like a toy boat being pulled along. I would go out on the rocks and sit on occasion, and there would be gulls and crows. There are ravens in the painting, which we have offshore. And gulls and ravens hang together, which is amazing. They seem to have an affinity for one another (as quoted in Jamie Wyeth: Islands, Rockland, Maine, 1993, p. 11).

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