• Important American Paintings,  auction at Christies

    Sale 2225

    Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    2 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 128

    Newell Convers Wyeth (1882-1945)

    "For a mile, or thereabouts, my raft went very well--,"

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    Newell Convers Wyeth (1882-1945)
    "For a mile, or thereabouts, my raft went very well--,"
    signed 'N.C. Wyeth' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    40½ x 30 in. (102.9 x 76.2 cm.)
    Painted in 1920.


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    Provenance

    The artist.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1923.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the present lot is being offered without a frame.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE WILMINGTON INSTITUTE LIBRARY


    Literature

    D. Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, New York, 1920, n.p., frontispiece illustration.
    Sir E. Wrench, "The British Way," National Geographic, April 1949, p. 481, illustrated.
    D. Allen and D. Allen, Jr., N.C. Wyeth, The Collected Paintings, Illustrations and Murals, New York, 1972, p. 203.
    B. Selcraig, "The Real Robinson Crusoe," Smithsonian, July 2005, p. 82, illustrated.
    C.B. Podmaniczky, N.C. Wyeth: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, vol. one, London, 2008, p. 403, no. I.811, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    Wilmington, Delaware, Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, Ninth Annual Exhibition of the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, April 26-30, 1921, no. 64 (as Robinson Crusoe Sails around his Island).
    (Possibly) Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Public Library, April 1923.
    Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Brandywine River Museum, Romance and Adventure with Pictures by N.C. Wyeth, January 17-May 24, 1976.
    Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Brandywine River Museum, Sights of the Sea, September 9-November 19, 1978.
    Wilmington, Delaware, The Wilmington Library, N.C. Wyeth: An Exhibition of Illustrations for Children's Classics, April 24-May 31, 1981.
    Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Brandywine River Museum, The Classic Illustrations of N.C. Wyeth, January 12-May 19, 1985.