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    Sale 1911

    Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    29 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 8

    Arthur Bowen Davies (1862-1928)

    Daughter of Persephone

    Price Realised  


    Arthur Bowen Davies (1862-1928)
    Daughter of Persephone
    signed 'A.B Davies' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    13¼ x 11¼ in. (33.7 x 28.6 cm.)
    Painted in 1910.

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    The present work retains its original Charles Prendergast frame.

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    Macbeth Gallery, New York.
    Mary Quinn, Brooklyn, New York.
    Mrs. Cornelius J. Sullivan, Long Island, New York, by 1930.
    Mr. Royal Cortissoz, New York, 1931.
    Mrs. Florence S. Schuette, New York.
    Estate of the above.
    Parke Bernet, New York, 5 January 1946, lot 751.
    Newhouse Gallery, New York.
    [With]Milch Gallery, New York, 1954.
    Mr. William H. Bender, Jr., Bronxville, New York, acquired from the above, 1954.
    Robert Mehlman, New York.
    Megan Moynihan Fine Arts, New York.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1997.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Samuel B. and Marion W. Lawrence Collection

    Our passion for collecting American art grew out of Marion's and my enthusiasm for wildlife, the West, and breeding and showing dogs. These interests were initially manifested in the early 1940s by my collecting of prints by wildlife artists, and then later moving on to acquiring original works by these same artists. I was interested in images that depicted the grandeur of the landscape and wildlife, and the romance and history of the West.

    I first began seriously collecting about twenty years ago. In time, collecting became a joint activity for Marion and me, and our taste has evolved together over a period of time. With our consistent interest in representational art, we learned more about the history of American art and have sought to represent other significant artists and movements in our collection including examples by many of the New York realists and American Impressionist painters.

    For us, collecting is a very personal endeavor. We only choose works that we like and that we can envision living with. Our taste has developed with continual exposure, reading, and researching. We study the art market, attend art fairs, exhibitions, and auctions around the country, and we have developed relationships with art dealers, other collectors, and museum professionals that have ultimately helped to inform our choices.

    The artists' interpretations of American life, both realist and impressionist, have enriched our perception in assessing the quality and truth of each work of art. The serious collector learns by simply pursuing this undertaking with great zeal.

    We have found this endeavor to be immensely rewarding and have experienced great joy in the search, discovery and acquisition of each picture in the collection. As we have gained enjoyment from these works, we now delight in sharing them with you.

    Samuel B. and Marion W. Lawrence


    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, A.B. Davies Memorial Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1930, n.p., no. 21, illustrated.
    Institute of Contemporary Art, Dream Vision: The Work of Arthur B. Davies, exhibition catalogue, Boston, Massachusetts, 1981, n.p., illustrated.
    J. Hardin and V.A. Leeds, In the American Spirit: Realism and Impressionism from the Lawrence Collection, exhibition catalogue, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1999, pp. 28, 66, 84, no. 7, illustrated.


    New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, A.B. Davies Memorial Exhibition, 1930, no. 21.
    Boston, Massachusetts, Institute of Contemporary Art, and elsewhere, Dream Vision: The Work of Arthur B. Davies, March 17-May 10, 1981.
    St. Petersburg, Florida, Museum of Fine Arts, In the American Spirit: Realism and Impressionism from the Lawrence Collection, March 21-June 13, 1999, no. 7.