MARTIN JOHNSON HEADE
1819 - 1904
TWO RUBY THROATS BY THEIR NEST
oil on board
5 ½ by 6 ⅜inches
(14 by 16.2 cm)
Painted in 1862-63.
This painting will be included in the forthcoming supplement to Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr.'s catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.
There is frame abrasion along the extreme edges and there is very fine surface cracking in the birds. Under UV: there is inpainting to address frame abrasion along the bottom edge, a thin horizontal line in the upper right, a few pindots in the birds' feathers and a few scattered dots in the background.
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Mrs. George Dennett (Mabel Drake), Boston, Massachusetts
Private collection (her granddaughter, by descent; sold: Sotheby’s, New York, May 22, 2002, lot 138)
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale