Lot 4
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Vasili Vasilievich Vereshchagin

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
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  • Vasili Vasilievich Vereshchagin
  • Portrait of an Arab
  • bears American Art Association stamp on the reverse
  • oil on canvas
  • 25.5 by 18.5cm, 10 by 7 1/4 in.


Collection of the artist
American Art Galleries, New York, The Vassili Verestchagin Collection, 17 November 1891, lot 87, sold for $160
Acquired by the present owner in the United States circa 1990


New York, American Art Galleries, Exhibition of the Works of Vassili Verestchagin, November-December 1888, no.87 (travelling exhibition, visiting the Chicago Art Institute, January-March 1889, St Louis, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Boston et al.)


V.Vereshchagin, Exhibition of the Works of Vassili Verestchagin, Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue, New York: American Art Galleries, 1888, p.34, no.41 listed
V.Vereshchagin, Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue of the Vassili Verestchagin Collection, New York: American Art Galleries, 1891, p.51, no.87 listed


This work is in very good condition. The canvas is unlined. The stamp on the reverse of the original canvas referring to the collection and estate sale is clearly visible. The tacking edges have been reinforced. Visible on the reverse, but not on the surface, is a small repair to a paint loss in the turban, which has been retouched. The retouching here is faintly visible under ultraviolet light. Other than that, there are only a few tiny dots of retouching in the lower right and in the upper right and upper left corners. The painting should be hung in its current state.
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