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Howard Chandler Christy
FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 USD
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Howard Chandler Christy
FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Howard Chandler Christy
1873 - 1952
FATHER OF HIS COUNTRY
signed Howard Chandler Christy and dated © 1932 (lower left)
oil on canvas
58 by 40 inches
(147.3 by 101.6 cm)
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Provenance

Sale: Sotheby's, New York, January 11, 1968, lot 69
Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York (acquired at the above sale)
Gift from the above to Malcolm Wilson, 1968
By descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

Howard Chandler Christy first gained national acclaim as an artist and reporter for Scribner’s and Leslie’s Weekly during the Spanish-American War. During this time, his depictions of beautiful young women began to be known as “Christy Girls”. The “Christy Girl” was an archetype of the ideal American woman, embodying elegance, confidence, athleticism, and beauty.

In the early 1930s, Christy became interested in large scale historical and allegorical murals and paintings. The primary theme for these paintings, including the present work, was the Revolutionary War and the Founding Fathers. In the present work, Christy has incorporated his signature female figure as Lady Liberty. Painted in his sumptuous style, the drapery on the central figure invokes the feeling of movement, while clinging tightly to her body and accentuating her athleticism. A few years after he painted the present work, Christy was commissioned to create a poster for the Sesquicentennial of the United States Constitution in 1935. For this poster, he re-used the imagery of Lady Liberty appearing through the clouds.

This painting was a gift from New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller to his Lieutenant Governor, Malcolm Wilson, for his 54th birthday. Following his career in politics, Mr. Wilson served as the Chief Executive Officer for Manhattan Savings Bank from 1977 - 1986. During this time, the present work hung in the Manhattan Savings Bank offices at the Getty Square branch in Yonkers.

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