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William McGregor Paxton

Bellissima

Property from a Prominent Texas Collection

William McGregor Paxton

William McGregor Paxton

Bellissima

Bellissima

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Property from a Prominent Texas Collection

William McGregor Paxton

1869 - 1941

Bellissima



signed PAXTON and dated 1912 (lower right)

oil on canvas

canvas: 40 ¼ by 30 ¼ inches (102.3 by 76.8 cm)

framed: 49 by 39 inches (124.5 by 99.1 cm)

The canvas is wax lined and there is frame abrasion along the extreme edges. The work is slightly dirty and there is minor surface cracking within the areas of thicker impasto in the sitter's proper right arm. Under UV: There are spots of inpainting along the sitter's neck, chest, and hairline, as well as a pindot of inpainting on the sitter's proper right arm.


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The artist
Metropolitan Theater, Boston, Massachusetts (acquired from the above)
Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts
Mr. Arrowsmith, New York
M.R. Schweitzer Gallery, New York, by 1966
Private collection, Michigan (sold: Sotheby's, Los Angeles, California, February 9, 1982, lot 232)
American Art Search, Inc., Seekonk, Massachusetts (acquired at the above sale)
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1992
Letter, Director of the City Art Museum of St. Louis, to Paxton, June 21, 1912, Archives, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri
Ellen Wardwell Lee, et al., William McGregor Paxton 1869-1941, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1979, p. 113
St. Louis, Missouri, City Art Museum of St. Louis, Seventh Annual Exhibition of Selected Paintings by American Artists, September-October 1912, no. 81
Chicago, Illinois, Art Institute of Chicago, Twenty-Fifth Annual Exhibition of American Oil Paintings and Sculpture, November-December 1912
Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Fourth Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Contemporary American Artists, December 1912-June 1913, no. 12
Boston, Massachusetts, St. Botolph Club, Paintings by William McGregor Paxton, February 1913, no. 17
New York, Macbeth Gallery, Selected Group of American Artists, March-April 1913
Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Art Museum, Twenty-First Annual Exhibition of American Art, May-July 1914, no. 32, illustrated
San Francisco, California, Palace of Fine Arts, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, February-December 1915, no. 3784
New York, M.R. Schweitzer Gallery, Americans Home and Abroad, December 1966, no. 20, illustrated (as Japanese Doll)