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JOHN GEORGE BROWN | GOLDEN LOCKS

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 USD

Property from a Pennsylvania Collection

JOHN GEORGE BROWN | GOLDEN LOCKS

JOHN GEORGE BROWN | GOLDEN LOCKS

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 80,000 USD

Lot sold:

68,750

USD

Property from a Pennsylvania Collection

JOHN GEORGE BROWN

1831 - 1913

GOLDEN LOCKS


signed J.G. Brown N.A. and dated 1880. (lower left)

oil on canvas

23 ⅛ by 14 ¾ inches

(58.7 by 37.5 cm)


We would like to thank Martha Hoppin for her assistance with researching this lot.

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Estate of a New England Collector (sold: Sotheby's, New York, December 1, 1988, lot 38 (as Left Behind))

Private collection (sold: Doyle, New York, December 10, 2002, lot 36)

Spanierman Gallery, LLC, New York

Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2005

Martha Hoppin, The World of J.G. Brown, Chesterfield, Massachusetts, 2010, pp. 104, 231, illustrated p. 103

Holly Pyne Conner, ed., Angels and Tomboys: Girlhood in Nineteenth-Century American Art, Newark, New Jersey, 2012, p. 63, illustrated fig. 42

New York, Spanierman Gallery, LLC, Fine American Art from 1845 to 1960, May-July 2005

According to the scholar Martha Hoppin, the present work depicts the artist's daughter, Mabel Brown: "Mabel frequently served as a model for her father at the end of the decade. She is seen in such activities as offering the viewer a drink of water from a tin cup, leaning against a swing, picking flowers, and opening a door. She is also the pouting young girl in a work now called Golden Locks, in which she is identified by the initials 'M.B.' carved on a bench. Her pose—a causal flounce that reveals a portion of her thigh—is at once charmingly lifelike and innocent in intent" (The World of J.G. Brown, Chesterfield, Massachusetts, 2010, p. 104).