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Frederick Arthur Bridgman

Towing on the Nile

Property from the Najd Collection

Frederick Arthur Bridgman

Frederick Arthur Bridgman

Towing on the Nile

Towing on the Nile

Property from the Najd Collection

Frederick Arthur Bridgman

American

1847 - 1928

Towing on the Nile


signed and dated F A Bridgman 1875 lower right

oil on canvas

Unframed: 90 by 151cm., 35½ by 59½in.

Framed: 135 by 197.5cm., 53 by 77¾in.


We would like to thank Dr. Ilene Susan Fort, Curator Emerita, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, for kindly confirming the authenticity of this work.

This condition report has been prepared by Hamish Dewar Ltd.


The canvas is wax lined and is securely attached to a keyed wooden stretcher with an additional loose lining. This is providing a stable but unsympathetic structural support. The paint surface has an even varnish layer. The paint surface displays an overall pattern of fine lines of craquelure including corresponding to historic stretcher bar marks. These appear entirely stable and are not visually distracting. Inspection under ultraviolet light shows scattered retouchings, including: 1) retouchings around the boat's masts and sails in the left side of the composition, 2) a horizontal band of scumbling within the sky in the lower centre left of the composition, 3) further scattered retouchings within the sky including a horizontal retouching in the upper left and several retouchings below the centre of the upper edge and fine lines of retouching corresponding to craquelure and stretcher bar marks, and 4) fine lines of retouching corresponding to craquelure within the water towards the lower right corner. It should be noted that the band of scumbling and the retouchings around the boat's masts and sails appears excessive and could hopefully be reduced with more careful inpainting. The painting would therefore appear to be in relatively good and stable condition.


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Sale: Sotheby's, London, 21 June 1983, lot 22 
Mathaf Gallery, London
Purchased from the above
Henry Blackburn, Academy Notes, London, 1877, p. 36 
H.C. Richardson, Academy Criticisms, London, 1877, p. 83, no. 344, listed
The Art Journal, London, 1877, p. 246 
The Athenaeum, London, 1877, p. 675
Caroline Juler, Najd Collection of Orientalist Paintings, London, 1991, p. 27, cited, p. 26, catalogued & illustrated
Gerald M. Ackermann, American Orientalists, Paris, 1994, pp. 42-43, catalogued & illustrated
London, Royal Academy, 1877, no. 344