1894 - 1978
PORTRAIT OF RICHARD SLOAN
signed Norman/Rockwell (lower right)
oil on canvas
17 by 13 inches
(43.2 by 33 cm)
Painted in 1973.
The canvas is unlined and there is frame abrasion at extreme edges. The work is selectively varnished. Under UV: there is inpainting to address frame abrasion at edges, most noticeable at the upper left corner. Some other pigments fluoresce but appear to be the artist's original work.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE
Richard Sloan (the sitter; gift from the above)
By descent to the present owner
Laurie Norton Moffatt, Norman Rockwell: A Definitive Catalogue, vol. II, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 1986, no. P156, p. 1018
Known by many as America's "Dean of Rainforest Painters," Richard Sloan was born in 1935 and received his early training at Chicago's American Academy of Art. He served as a staff artist for Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo, where he developed his affinity for and appreciate of birds. Following a 1966 sell-out exhibition at the Abercrombie & Fitch Gallery, Sloan traveled to British Guiana to garner inspiration. He would travel extensively for the remainder of his life and is regarded as the first North American wildlife artist to begin documenting endangered, tropical wildlife and habitats. Sloan's work can be found in the permanent collections of various institutions, including The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., The Leigh Yakwey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin and The Denver Museum of Natural History, Denver, Colorado, among others.