Lot 60
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N. C. WYETH | A Hindu Mystic (Seated Arab)

100,000 - 150,000 USD
125,000 USD
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  • N. C. Wyeth
  • A Hindu Mystic (Seated Arab)
  • inscribed Pearson Barnes (lower right)
  • oil on canvas


Street & Smith, New York
Condé Nast, New York
Graham Gallery, New York
Private collection, New York
Sold: Christie's, New York, December 2, 2004, lot 126
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale


New York, Graham Gallery, N.C. Wyeth, January-February 1964, no. 18 (as Seated Arab)
Greenville, South Carolina, Greenville County Museum of Art, N.C. Wyeth, March-May 1974, no. 76, p. 12, illustrated


The Popular Magazine, vol. XXVI, no. 6, January 1913, illustrated on the cover
Douglas Allen and Douglas Allen, Jr., N.C. Wyeth: The Collected Paintings, Illustrations and Murals, New York, 1972, p. 269
Christine Podmaniczky, N.C. Wyeth: A Catalogue Raisonné, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, 2008, vol. I, no. I.449, p. 264, illustrated

Catalogue Note

N.C. Wyeth painted this work for the cover of The Popular Magazine in 1912. The publication was issued for nearly 30 years beginning in 1930 and often featured exciting and dramatic short stories. Christine Podmaniczky explains the inscription on A Hindu Mystic (Seated Arab): "The name Pierson (note variant spelling) Barnes occurs in both the 1900 and the 1920 census of Birmingham Township, and Barnes' presence in Chadds Ford around 1911 is documented in several letters written by historian Chris Sanderson to his mother (Thomas R. Thompson, Chris, Philadelphia, 1973, pp. 180, 182). Barnes worked as a day laborer and boarded with Lydia Archie, an African-American preacher who established a church in a section of Chadds Ford known as 'Little Africa.' According to Andrew Wyeth, his father 'borrowed' the name Barnes as a joke when he encountered a rule at The Popular Magazine that an artist was not permitted two consecutive covers" (N.C. Wyeth: A Catalogue Raisonné, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, 2008, vol. I, p. 264).