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    Sale 12165

    American Art

    22 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 93

    John Leslie Breck (1860-1899)

    Surf at Gloucester

    Price Realised  


    John Leslie Breck (1860-1899)
    Surf at Gloucester
    signed 'J.L. Breck' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    24 ½ x 44 ¼ in. (62.2 x 112.4 cm.)
    Painted in 1890.

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    We would like to thank Jeffrey Brown for his assistance with cataloguing this work.

    On April 23, 1890, the Boston Evening Transcript reported that John Leslie Breck had returned to America from France. In preparing for his first solo exhibition at the St. Botolph Club in Boston at the end of that year, the artist painted the present work, Surf at Gloucester, along with another 28 x 48 in. pendant work of a similar sea and rocks scene by moonlight (Unlocated).


    Henry L. Mason, by 1900.
    Private collection, Portland, Oregon.
    Estate of the above.
    Private collection, Portland, Oregon, acquired from the above.
    Jeffrey Brown, Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Franklin Riehlman, New York, acquired from the above.
    Private collection, Connecticut.
    Adelson Galleries, New York.
    Questroyal Fine Art, New York, acquired from the above.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.


    Boston, Massachusetts, St. Botolph Club, Paintings by John Leslie Breck, November 18-December 6, 1890, one of nos. 28-29 (as Sea and Rocks).
    Springfield, Massachusetts, Gill’s Art Gallery, Fourteenth Annual Exhibition, 1891.
    New York, National Arts Club, John Leslie Breck Memorial Exhibition, February 24-March 10, 1900, no. 27.