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Edwin Lord Weeks

Blacksmith's Shop at Tangiers

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Estimate:

70,000 - 100,000 GBP

Property from a Distinguished American Collection

Edwin Lord Weeks

Edwin Lord Weeks

Blacksmith's Shop at Tangiers

Blacksmith's Shop at Tangiers

Estimate:

70,000 - 100,000 GBP

Lot sold:

126,000

GBP

Property from a Distinguished American Collection

Edwin Lord Weeks

American

1849 - 1903

Blacksmith's Shop at Tangiers 


signed and dated E. L. Weeks / 1876 lower left

oil on canvas

Unframed: 87 by 136cm., 34¼ by 53½in.

Framed: 126 by 173cm., 49½ by 68in.

The painting is on a coarse weave canvas and in good condition with all the thick impastos intact, despite having been relined and mounted on a modern stretcher. There are no visible restorations or retouches visible under ultraviolet light except for some hair line inpainting to the craquelure in the neck of the white horse.


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Private Collection, New York, by 1989
Borghi & Co., New York 
Acquired by the present owner circa 1993
ProbablyThe National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, New York, 1904, Vol. XII, p. 506 
Gerald M. Ackermann, American Orientalists, Paris, 1994, p. 241, catalogued & illustrated

This view of a blacksmith's shop just inside the wall of old Tangiers was painted during Weeks' sojourns in Morocco in the 1870s, during which he frequented not only Tangiers but Tetuan and Rabat. His journeys were extensively described in an article titled 'Two Centres of Moorish Art', which appeared in Scribner’s Magazine in 1901. An enthusiastic traveller, Weeks subsequently ventured further east, to India, which became the subject of his later work.

Weeks was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849. His parents were affluent spice and tea merchants from Newton, a suburb of Boston, and as such they were able to finance their son's youthful interest in painting and travelling. In 1872 Weeks moved to Paris, becoming a pupil of Léon Bonnat. Inspired by Bonnat and Jean-Léon Gérôme, he crossed the Straits of Gibraltar to Tangiers, the paintings it inspired establishing his reputation as one of the most celebrated of the American Orientalists alongside Frederick Arthur Bridgman.