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    Sale 1911

    Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    29 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 145

    Childe Hassam (1859-1935)

    Gloucester Harbor

    Price Realised  

    Childe Hassam (1859-1935)
    Gloucester Harbor
    signed and dated 'Childe Hassam/1918' (lower left)--inscribed with artist's device and dated again (on the reverse)
    oil on board
    9¼ x 12 in. (23.5 x 30.5 cm.)


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    Childe Hassam first visited the charming harbor town of Gloucester, Massachusetts in the early 1880s. Immediately enchanted and inspired by this Cape Ann artists' colony, he would return several times throughout his career. Valerie Ann Leeds writes of the present work, "Hassam's Gloucester Harbor of 1918 is a later recapitulation of a theme that Hassam commenced painting in the 1890s...Gloucester Harbor, in the Lawrence collection belongs to a series of scenes from 1918 to 1919 that are a late and final reprise of this subject in Hassam's ouevre. The 1918 harbor scene differs from the earlier works in perspective and technique. It has a lighter and more energized touch and an overall translucence typical of Hassam's late painting style... The view presented in the Lawrence's painting appears to have been executed on location with relative speed, taken from the ridge of Banner Hill in East Gloucester." (In the American Spirit: Realism and Impressionism from the Lawrence Collection, exhibition catalogue, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1999, p. 17)

    This painting will be included in Stuart P. Feld's and Kathleen M. Burnside's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.

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    Provenance

    Mr. Frank K.M. Rehn, New York.
    Mr. Arthur G. Altschul, New York, 1953.
    [With]James Graham & Sons, New York.
    Governor Herbert Lehman, New York.
    Private collection, Massachusetts.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, circa 1995.


    Pre-Lot Text

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


    Literature

    J. Hardin and V.A. Leeds, In the American Spirit: Realism and Impressionism from the Lawrence Collection, exhibition catalogue, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1999, pp. 17, 55, 84, no. 17, illustrated.
    Mosaic, January-March 1999, pp. 8-10, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    St. Petersburg, Florida, Museum of Fine Arts, In the American Spirit: Realism and Impressionism from the Lawrence Collection, March 21-June 13, 1999, no. 17.