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    Sale 12165

    American Art

    22 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 82

    Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)

    Game Warden

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    Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)
    Game Warden
    signed 'Andrew Wyeth' (lower right)
    watercolor and charcoal on paper laid down on board
    21 1/8 x 29 5/8 in. (53.7 x 75.2 cm.), sight size
    Executed in 1952.


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    This work will be included in Betsy James Wyeth's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.

    The present work depicts Andrew Wyeth’s neighbor Fred Strand, who worked and lived with his wife Sarah in the historic John Chad house, which was built in 1725 and serves as the namesake for Wyeth’s hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Showing him here in the marsh below Chad house, Wyeth fondly recalled of Strand, "Each Spring Fred Strand whitewashed the rail fence that encloses my studio half-acre and touched up the stuccoed walls. At the end of the day, after a little nip, I would be rewarded by a 'soft shoe' dance to the tune of 'Jubba dis and jubba dat/Jubba catch the yellow cat,' ending with a buck and a wing." (Andrew Wyeth: Close Friends, exhibition catalogue, Jackson, Mississippi, 2001, p. 20)

    Provenance

    Private collection, Wilmington, Delaware, 1952.
    Private collection, Bedford Hills, New York, by 2001.
    Gift to the present owner from the above.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note this work on paper is laid down.


    Exhibited

    New York, Macbeth Gallery, June 1952.
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Fifth Annual International Exhibition of Watercolors, Prints, Drawings, October 19-November 23, 1952.
    Newark, Delaware, University of Delaware, Institute of Delaware History and Culture, Art in Contemporary Society, March 24-31, 1954, illustrated.
    Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Brandywine River Museum, Winter Gallery, November 28, 1975-January 11, 1976.
    Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Brandywine River Museum, Brandywine Heritage Gallery, September 11-November 22, 1981.
    Jackson, Mississippi, Mississippi Museum of Art; Greenville, South Carolina, Greenville County Museum of Art; Savannah, Georgia, Telfair Museum of Art, Andrew Wyeth: Close Friends, February 3-December 31, 2001, pp. 20, 154, illustrated.