Dwight William Tryon (1849-1925)
Dwight William Tryon (1849-1925)

Newport at Night

Dwight William Tryon (1849-1925)
Newport at Night
signed and dated 'D.W. Tryon. 1887' (lower left)
oil on panel
10 7/8 x 15 7/8 in. (27.6 x 40.3 cm.)
Painted in 1887.
Thomas B. Clarke, New York, by 1891.
Burton Mansfield, New Haven, Connecticut, by 1909.
Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, 11 March 1982, lot 17.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
A. Trumble, "The Clarke Collection," The Art Collector: A Journal Devoted to the Arts and the Crafts, vols. 3-4, 1891, p. 9.
“American Pictures at the Union League Club,” The Critic, vol. 22, March 18, 1893, p. 171.
C.H. Caffin, The Art of Dwight W. Tryon: An Appreciation, 1909, p. 29, illustrated.
L. Merrick, "Tryon, Devotee of Nature," International Studio, September 1923, pp. 498-504, illustrated.
H.C. White, The Life and Art of Dwight William Tryon, Boston, Massachusetts, 1930, p. 66, illustrated.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Thomas B. Clarke Collection of American Pictures, October 15-November 28, 1891, no. 177.
New York, Union League Club, March 9-11, 1893.
Chicago, Illinois, World's Columbian Exposition, May 1-October 30, 1893, no. 655 (as Night).
Washington, D.C., National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Revisiting the White City: American Art at the 1893 World's Fair, April 16-August 15, 1993, p. 144, pl. 26, illustrated (as Night).

Lot Essay

Dwight Tryon's friend and biographer Henry C. White writes of the artist's inspiration for the present work, "Tryon’s life upon the water in summer naturally afforded constant provocation to record changing effects of sea and sky. As often as not he showed no outward sign of receiving a mental impression, nor did he make any visible notation. On one of the first cruises in his boat, we lay in Newport Harbor for a few days where we had gone to see the cup races. In the dark of night Tryon stood in the companionway of the sloop looking at the brilliant spectacle. There were hundreds of yachts at anchor, their riding lights set, and the soft, rich glow of portholes and cabin windows and the sharper electric lights of the city in the background, all reflected in the water. He commented upon the sparkling fairylike radiance of the scene. Then we went below and turned in. Soon after our return to South Dartmouth a day or two later, he painted this nocturne from memory. He called it ‘Newport at Night.’" (The Life and Art of Dwight William Tyron, Boston, Massachusetts, 1930, p. 66) A contemporary critic praised the resulting composition as "painted with a well-chosen palette and with much feeling for natural mystery." (“American Pictures at the Union League Club,” The Critic, vol. 22, March 18, 1893, p. 171)

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