View 1 of Lot 140. Lucy Houghton Valentine.
View 1 of Lot 140. Lucy Houghton Valentine.
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Winslow Homer

Lucy Houghton Valentine

Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer

Lucy Houghton Valentine

Lucy Houghton Valentine

This lot has been withdrawn

Property from a Private Collection, Palm Beach, Florida

Winslow Homer

1836 - 1910

Lucy Houghton Valentine


signed HOMER and dated 1883 (lower left) 

oil on canvas

canvas: 22 3/4 by 17 5/8 inches (57.8 by 44.8 cm)

framed: 29 3/4 by 25 inches (75.6 by 63.5 cm)

Painted in 1883.

Please note this lot has been withdrawn.
The artist
Mr. and Mrs. Lawson Valentine, New York, 1883 (commission from the above)
Mrs. Lawson Valentine (Ms. Lucy Houghton Valentine), 1891 (the sitter, by descent) 
Marguerite Houghton Foster (Mrs. Albert T. Foster), Providence, Rhode Island, and Miami, Florida, by 1911 (her niece, by descent)
Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Kistler, Miami, Florida, circa 1965 (by descent) 
Richard Namon, Coral Gables, Florida, 1983 (acquired from the above)
Private collection, circa 2000
Acquired by the present owner circa 2013 
John Wilmerding and Linda Ayres, Winslow Homer in the 1870's: Selections from the Valentine-Pulsifer Collection, Princeton, New Jersey, 1990, fig. 3, illustrated p. 21
Daniel Kany, "Art Review: Inside Homer's local artistic community," Portland Press Herald, December 30, 2012, n.p., illustrated
Lloyd Goodrich and Abigail Booth Gerdts, Record of Works by Winslow Homer: 1883 Through 1889, vol. IV.2, New York, 2012, no. 1175, illustrated p. 230
Atlanta, Georgia, The High Museum of Art, Arts in America Turn of the Century, February - May 1988
Chicago, Illinois, Terra Museum of American Art, March 1889 - June 1990
Portland, Maine, Portland Museum of Art, Winslow Homer, April - July 1991

According to Abigail Gerdts, "Lucy Houghton Valentine (1823-1911) married Lawson Valentine (1828-1891) in 1851 . . . Lawson Valentine is well known as one of Homer's first and most staunch patrons, as was his brother, Henry. . . Lucy Valentine may have been at least her husband's full partner in appreciating Homer's work. It should be noted that she was credited as the owner-lender of a Homer Sketch (now The Flock of Sheep, Houghton Farm, 3:No. 728) to the American Water Color Society annual exhibition of 1879. In the spring of 1892, within a year following her husband's death she lent nine of their Homers to the New York Athletic Club's annual loan exhibition, and remained throughout her lifetime, a generous lender of the many Homers she inherited" (Record of Works by Winslow Homer: 1883 Through 1889, vol. IV.2, New York, 2012, p. 230). In a letter to previous owner, Richard Namon, Lloyd Goodrich continued on this subject, "At Lawson's country estate in Mountainville, New York, near Cornwall, named Houghton Farm, Winslow Homer spent the summer of 1878, painting many watercolors." (letter dated May 23, 1984).


Two letters of correspondence between Winslow Homer and the sitter Lucy Houghton Valentine, dated January 20th and 26th, 1883, refer to appointments for her sitting for the present work. This correspondence is now in the Colby College Museum of Art Library.