November 19, 04:22 PM GMT
300,000 - 500,000 USD
JOHN GEORGE BROWN
1831 - 1913
GREAT RISKS FOR SMALL GAINS
signed J.G. Brown. N.A. and dated 1878. (lower left)
oil on canvas
30 by 20 inches
(76.2 by 50.8 cm)
We thank Martha Hoppin for her help with the researching of this lot.
Private collection, Pennsylvania
Sold: Freeman's, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 3, 2006, lot 49
Private collection (acquired at the above sale)
[with]Alexander Gallery, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2007
"Art in New York," Boston Daily Evening Transcript, January 21, 1878, p. 3
"The Artists' Fund Sale," New York Daily Tribune, January 23, 1878, p. 8
"Artists' Fund Sale," New York Times, January 23, 1878, p. 2
Martha Hoppin, The World of J.G. Brown, Chesterfield, Massachusetts, 2010, pp. 120, 246, illustrated p. 121
New York, Artists' Fund Society, January 1878
John George Brown spent the summers of 1877 and 1878 on Grand Manan, a remote island in the Bay of Fundy nine miles off the coast of Maine and Canada. He was not the first artist to explore the island—Frederic Church, William Bradford, Edward Moran, and Alfred Bricher had also traveled to Grand Manan in preceding years.
The present work is a larger, more detailed version of Brown's After Gull's Eggs (1877, unlocated). Both works bear a close relation to a contemporaneous illustration by Winslow Homer entitled Raid on a Sand Swallow Colony—"How Many Eggs?," which was published in the June 13, 1874 edition of Harper's Weekly.