Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)
Property Sold to Benefit the Groton School
Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)

Lobster Buoy

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)
Lobster Buoy
signed 'Andrew Wyeth' (lower right)
watercolor and pencil on paper laid down on board
17 7/8 x 21 7/8 in. (45.4 x 55.6 cm.)
Executed in 1940.
The artist.
Private collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts, acquired from the above.
Private collection, Washington, D.C., son of the above, by descent.
Gift to the present owner from the above.
New Delhi, India; Calcutta, India; Bombay, India; Madras, India; American Water Colour Exhibition: American Federation of Art Traveling Exhibition, January 1, 1954-December 31, 1955.
Tokyo, Japan, National Museum of Modern Art, American Watercolor Exhibition, August 1-September 30, 1956.
Islesboro, Maine, Islesboro Towne Hall, Dry Brush and Watercolors by Andrew Wyeth, July 29-August 6, 1962.

Lot Essay

This work will be included in Betsy James Wyeth's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.

The present work depicts Sherwood Cook's dock in Martinsville, Maine. Cook was married to Gwendolyn James, the sister of Andrew Wyeth's wife Betsy. Following a successful career in New York City and service with the Navy, Cook returned to Maine to manage his family's lobster business. Wyeth's brother-in-law and his lobster buoys provided inspiration for the artist on a number of occasions.

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