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Robert Scott Duncanson

Watermelons and Peaches

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November 22, 10:23 PM GMT


30,000 - 50,000 USD

Lot Details


Robert Scott Duncanson

1821 - 1872

Watermelons and Peaches

pastel on paper

sheet: 14 by 22 inches (35.6 by 55.9 cm)

framed: 19 by 27 inches (48.3 by 68.6 cm)

Executed circa 1849.

G. L. Laboiteaux, Mount Healthy, Ohio
Private collection (by descent)
William R. Kemper, Seattle, Washington, by 1972
Lois Kemper, Honolulu, Hawaii (by descent)
Estate of the above
By descent to the present owner
Guy McElroy, Robert S. Duncanson: A Centennial Exhibition, Cincinnati, 1972, p. 41
James Dallas Parks, Robert Duncanson: 19th Century Romantic Black Painter, Washington, D.C., 1980, p. 37
Joseph D. Ketner, The Emergence Of The African-American Artist Robert S. Duncanson 1821-1872, New York, 1993, no. 30, pp. 58, 193

The present work is the only known pastel in Robert Scott Duncanson’s oeuvre as well as one of only seven known still lifes created by the artist. Executed between 1848 and 1849, he fondly referred to these works as “fruit and fancy pictures.”