MARVIN DORWART CONE
1891 - 1965
THE HOUSES THAT JACK BUILT (ONCE UPON A TIME)
signed MARVIN CONE (lower right); inscribed "Once Upon a Time" and Painted for Doris and Reg - April 1961 - Arlington, VA. (on a piece of the original stretcher affixed to the backing)
oil on canvas
18 by 40 inches
(45.7 by 101.6 cm)
This painting will be included as no. 1961.004 in Joseph S. Czestochowski's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work to be published by International Arts® at www.catrais.org. We wish to thank him for his assistance cataloguing this lot.
The canavs is unlined and there are wooden spacers affixed to the tacking edges. The surface of the work appears to be slightly dirty and there is scattered surface cracking. Under UV: the work retains an uneven varnish but there does not appear to be any inpainting.
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Doris Cone Weeks and Reginald Weeks (his daughter and son-in-law)
By descent to the present owner, 2006
Joseph S. Czestochowski, Marvin D. Cone: Art as Self-Portrait, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1190, no. 607, illustrated p. 173
The present work is based on both an illustration in Randolph Caldecott popular children's book, The House that Jack Built, originally published in 1878 and a wood toy Marvin Cone built for his daughter Doris in 1928.