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    Sale 2072

    California, Western and American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture

    29 October 2008, Beverly Hills

  • Lot 45

    William Robinson Leigh (1866-1955)

    Rainbow Bridge, Utah

    Price Realised  


    William Robinson Leigh (1866-1955)
    Rainbow Bridge, Utah
    signed '© W.R. Leigh (lower right)--inscribed with artist's device (lower left)

    oil on canvas laid down on masonite attached to a stretcher
    29 x 36 in. (73.7 x 91.4 cm.)

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    William Robinson Leigh traveled throughout the west in 1921 while on his honeymoon with his second wife, Ethel Traphagen. Their trip took the couple into Wyoming, Arizona, and Utah, where Leigh visited the Rainbow Bridge. The dramatic and unique natural structure inspired the artist to complete several studies of the landscape at various times of day in both sunlight and moonlight and would remain an inspirational subject matter for Leigh throughout his career.


    Private collection, Oklahoma, circa 1970s.
    By descent to the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private Collection, Oklahoma