First Look: American Art from the Wilkes University Collection

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Our online sale, American Art: Paintings and Sculpture from the Wilkes University Collection, features an exciting selection of 19th and 20th century artwork by well-known American artists, among them, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, John Sloan, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Severin Roesen and Frederick MacMonnies. Click ahead for a first look at highlights from this celebrated collection.

American Art: Paintings and Sculpture from the Wilkes University Collection
Online | 14–28 February

First Look: American Art from the Wilkes University Collection

  • Frederick William Macmonnies, Nathan Hale. Estimate $25,000–35,000.
    In 1890, MacMonnies won the commission for a statue of Nathan Hale (1755–1776) from the Sons of the Revolution of the State of New York. The life-size bronze was erected in Manhattan’s City Hall Park in 1893. This bronze is cast from the plaster model.

  • Alfred R. Mitchell, Over The Valley, San Diego. Estimate $15,000–25,000.
    Alfred Mitchell’s plein-air paintings provide an historical record of the growth of San Diego in the early 20th century.

  • James Fairman, Sunset, Jaffa. Estimate $10,000–15,000.
    From 1871-1881, James Fairman traveled extensively throughout Europe, splitting his time between the Holy Land, Düsseldorf, London and Paris. Sunsets over the Holy Land were among his most sought-after commissions from this time.

  • Childe Hassam, Hilltop: Two Figures On The Dunes. Estimate $50,000–70,000.
    The present work probably depicts Gloucester. Hassam spent time there over several summers and completed several works of the town and its environs; he was certainly there in 1895. While no landmarks of the town are visible, the receding road and the painting's overall light tonality are typical of other works he painted of the village of East Gloucester.

  • George Benjamin Luks, High Tide At Luchow's. Estimate $10,000–15,000.
    Lüchow's was a famous restaurant and bar on 14th Street near Union Square, founded in 1882. The figure in the foreground holding two mugs is August Lüchow, the founder of the establishment.  

  • Helen Farr Sloan, Snow Scene. Estimate $5,000–7,000.
    Under the influence of her teachers, John Sloan and Robert Henri, at the Art Students League in the 1920s, Helen Sloan found her subjects in daily life. Her paintings and prints record the lives of everyday people in cafes and on the subways of New York City.

  • John Singer Sargent, White Mules. Estimate $40,000–60,000.
    Painted between 1903-6, this watercolor was created during a great turning point in John Singer Sargent’s career when he all but abandoned portraiture to focus on landscapes and genre scenes.

  • Walter Elmer Schofield, Wandering Brook. Estimate $15,000–20,000.
    Walter Elmer Schofield became best known for his Impressionistic snowscapes and rushing streams, with the movement of the water often shown in diagonal lines, using broad fluid strokes, as is present in this painting.

  • Severin Roesen, Still Life With Flowers and Still Life With Fruit: A Pair of Paintings. Estimate $12,000–18,000.
    Severin Roesen was a pioneer in the American still-life genre and helped to pave the way for floral themes in American art. This pair of paintings were probably created during Roesen’s mature period in Williamsport, Pennsylvania from 1860-1872.

  • Warren Wheelock, Untitled (Standing Nude). Estimate $10,000–15,000.
    Warren Wheelock is known for his carving of non-objective figures using geometric shapes, though he also did representational heroic portraits.


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