Property of a Lady
WILLIAM TROST RICHARDS
1833 - 1905
AN OCEAN VIEW
signed Wm T Richards and dated 99 (lower left)
oil on canvas
28 x 48 inches (71.1 x 121.9 cm)
This canvas has been lined with wax as an adhesive. The cracking in the sky is not unusual, but the wax lining is not sufficiently stabilizing the paint layer. The cracks are raised and indicating slight instability, particularly in the center of the sky and in the lower left of the sky. The painting is otherwise generally in very good condition. If the wax lining is reversed and replaced with a non-acidic lining, the paint layer would be stabilized and the cracking would be considerably less visible.
Under ultraviolet light, although some of the artist's original pigment reads quite darkly in some areas of the water, it is doubtful that there are retouches of any note here, except possibly in a diagonal line in the breaking wave in the lower left. Some of the artist's original pigment also shows strongly in the sky. There are some strokes of paint in the right side of the sky, above the sun in the center, and in the left side of the sky, which possibly could be restoration. These are likely to be original pigment, but if they are restoration, it would be broad and interpretative rather than addressing any particular condition issue. Some small cracks beneath the sun do seem to have been restored.
This report was prepared by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc., New York
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Mr. Robert Calvin Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1900 (acquired from the above)
Ms. Frances Clapp Hall (by descent)
Rosalie G. Sheedy, Scottsdale, Arizona (by descent)
Spanierman Gallery, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2001