Lot 94
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CHILDE HASSAM | Old Mulford House, East Hampton

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150,000 - 250,000 USD
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Description

  • Childe Hassam
  • Old Mulford House, East Hampton
  • signed Childe Hassam and dated ... 4th 1918 (lower left)
  • oil on canvas
  • 36 by 43 inches
  • (91.4 by 109.2 cm)

Provenance

Estate of the artist
American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1935 (bequeathed from the above)
Milch Galleries, New York, 1965
Chapellier Galleries, New York, 1966
Campanile Galleries, Chicago, Illinois, 1967
Virginia and Robert Kaplan, Palm Beach, Florida, 1967 (acquired from the above; sold: Sotheby's, New York, November 29, 1995, lot 56)
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale

Exhibited

New York, Chapellier Galleries, One Hundred Selections from the Chapellier Gallery Collection, 1966, no. 1, illustrated
Chicago, Illinois, Campanile Galleries, 1967

Catalogue Note

Childe Hassam painted Old Mulford House, East Hampton in the spring of 1918. The year before he and his wife, Maude, purchased a small cottage on Egypt Lane in East Hampton. From 1898 to 1919, Hassam travelled on occasion to the south fork of eastern Long Island as a house guest of friends, patrons and fellow artists who summered there. During his sojourns, Hassam spent his time observing and painting daily life in the small towns he encountered there and found inspiration in the beaches, gardens and houses that accented the landscape. Old Mulford House, East Hampton is characteristic of the old gray shingled colonials found in the region and Hassam painted it several times. Ronald G. Pisano notes, "Like the Tile Club artists who had painted in East Hampton in 1878, and who were attracted to the old 'cottages, shingled to the ground with mossy squares of old gray 'shakes' - the primitive split shingles of antiquity,' Hassam was inspired to paint the old houses of East Hampton. 'I have always felt that to spare a fine old tree to salvage fine old houses ... constitutes one of the highest forms of civilized peoples' aim,' he said later" (Long Island Landscape Painting, 1820-1920, Boston, Massachusetts, 1985, p. 136). 

This painting will be included in Stuart P. Feld's and Kahleen M. Burnside's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.
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