Oil on canvas, 18 x 23 1/2 inches, There is a partial obscure signature and date in the painting lower right, the early label on the back is from the gallery of Charles G. Calder who was a well known Providence, R.I. painting dealer, also on the back is a partial label from Whitaker studios. This is a fine Barbizon style landscape painting by American artist George William Whitaker. Whitaker was a teacher and important painter in Providence R.I. and was known as an American tonalist, influenced by George Inness and Alexander Wyant. At a young age he traveled to Paris where his paintings became heavily influenced by the Barbizon painters of the Fontainebleu, especially the talented Francois Millet. George Whitaker's excellence in art is equaled to his contribution to the development of a Rhode Island art community. He was instrumental in recognizing the need for an organization to nurture and support the talented artists within the state. The Providence Art Club was formally instituted in 1880 by Whitaker and his friends Sydney Burleigh, E.M. Bannister and Charles Walter Stetson.
This is an original oil on canvas painting by European/American artist Hendrick Dirk Kruseman Van Elten. The subject of this painting is a river scene at sunset. It measures 12X22 inches, signed Kruseman Van Elten Lower right corner. The painting is in a period gilt frame. This painting was most likely from the late 19th century, circa 1870's.
This is an original oil on canvas painting of a young girl in a garden holding an apple. The work is by James Wells Champney, the painting is signed "Champ: lower left and dated "75" 1875. We feel this painting was created when Champney went to France to study art with Edouard Frere.. This painting measures 22X18 inches. The painting has been relined and has some small areas of touchup in the red dress. Chamney later became a professor at Smith College in Northampton, he is best known for his genre subjects and his illustrations in pastel.
This is an original oil on canvas painting signed "F. Yoshida", lower left. This artist is Fujio Yoshida (1887-1987)
Fujio was the wife of the well known woodblock artist Hiroshi Yoshida and the Mother of Toshi. She was the first female in the Yoshida family to become a well known artist. Fujio was known for her western style paintings. This painting measures 20X24 inches. It is housed in a hand carved wooden frame. We assume the painting to be from the late 1930's to possibly 1940.
This is an early 20th century landscape painting, oil on canvas titled: "The Oak", it was created circa 1920-30's. It is signed lower left corner with the initials A. F. and also initialed and titled on the back of the canvas. The painting itself measures 18X24 inches. A fine impressionistic view of a woodland scene with a figure in the background. Very good condition, the artist is a mystery. This might possibly be the work of Alexis J. Fournier...
This is an oil on panel by Belgian artist Frans Van Severdonck (1809-1889) The painting showing Ducks and chickens measures 6 7/8X10 3/8 inches. It is signed and dated 1889 in the lower center and also identified on the back of the panel. "Franz van Severdonck was a master of animals and created numerous compositions with sheep, horses and chickens. " This painting could use a light cleaning. But is quite presentable as it now hangs.
This is an original etching by American artist James Whistler. The title: "Fumette", was created and printed in 1858, as part of the series, "The French Set" The image measures 6 1/2X4 1/4 inches. This is the 5th state of 5 which includes the printers address in the lower left corner of the image.
The name whistler is plate signed lower right. Framed. This impression is very richly inked with extensive plate tone in the backgroun of the subject.
Eloise ('Fumette') (fl. 1840-1858). Éloise - also called Héloïse - posed for Fumette, Whistler's first partner, Héloïse was a grisette, a vivid and fiery character. A grisette, as described in Henri Murger's Scènes de la vie de Bohème (1848/1851) and Alfred de Musset's poem Mimi Pinson (1845), was a working girl, a young seamstress or milliner, fun-loving and faithful as a lover.
This is an original etching and drypoint by American artist James M Whistler. The title is "The Forge", An interior view of the Blacksmith and his apprentices. The image printed on a thin Japan type paper has in image size of 7 5/8X12 1/2 inches. Extensive use of plate tone, a rich impression, This impression is the 6th state of 6 prior to the cancellation of the plate. It was created in 1861 as part of his series, "The Thames Set" It appears in the Kennedy catalog as image number 68. A fine image in very nice condition.
THis is an original color aquatint etching by French artist Manuel Robbe. This etching titiled: "Les Liseuses", The readers, also known as The Picture Book was created and printed in 1903, It is editioned as 45/65 in pencil lower left and hand signed by the artist in pencil lower right. The image measures 19 1/8X14 7/8 inches. This etching is nicely framed with archival materials.
This is an original pencil signed mezzotint by British artist Sir Francis Seymour Haden. The title is: Breaking up of the Agamemnon No. II. This mezzotint was created in 1880, one of his most popular images, like the earlier etched impression done 10 years earlier in just etched lines. This image is made up of tone as well as lines in the composition... This subject illustrates the last of the wooden hulled warships, The Agamemnon, at the breakers yard . With the setting sun behind it is truly a romantic view of the end of an era of tall wooden ships. The image measures 9 3/4X18 3/8 inches. Pencil signed lower right border, this is the IX/IX state. Printed on a heavy weight wove type paper. A rich dark impression. "The Agamemnon in the process of being dismantled is moored to a buoy in the Thames opposite Greenwich...."
Watercolor on paper, signed and dated lower right, 1807, 20 x 27 inches in a gold 29 x 25 inch frame. A beautifully detailed watercolor that remains vibrant, even after over 200 years. Ramsay Reinagle first studied under his father, Phillip Reinagle, before going on to study in Italy, Holland, and Rome. Reinagle painted portraits, historical subjects, animals, and landscapes. He exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Society of Painters in Watercolours.
This is an original etching by American artist James Abbott McNeil Whistler. The title of this image is "Soupe A Trois Sous", It was created and printed in 1859 and according to the Glascow catalog this image was never published. The etching measures 5 7/8X8 7/8 inches, printed on a thin Japan laid paper, very fine condition, nice use of plate tone in the foreground. Soupe à trois sous ' is French for 'Soup for three sous', which was very cheap soup, and implies that the restaurant was a very basic café/bar. Whistler's first title, 'Café des Pieds Monilles' implies a particular café. 'Café des Pieds Monilles' is almost certainly a garbled reference to the Parisian Café des Pieds-Humides ('Café of the Wet Feet'). However, this title seems to have been immediately rejected in favour of the more familiar ' Soupe à trois sous '.(glascow)
Oil on canvas, 15 x 21 1/2 inches, c. 1880s, attributed to John Appleton Brown, partial monogram lower left corner, in a period frame. John Appleton Brown was born in Newburyport, Ma and studied painting with Albert T. Bricher and Benjamin C. Porter, then traveled to Paris to study with Emile Lambinet. He became known for his Barbizon inspired landscapes of New England and images of apple orchards, earning himself the nickname "Appleblossom Brown." Brown was a member of the Society of American Artists and the National Academy of Design. He exhibited his work at the Paris Salon, The Boston Art Club, The Carnegie Institute, and the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as in exhibitions with the Society of American Artists and the National Academy of Design.
This is an impressionistic original color etching and aquatint by French master of the Belle Epoch, Manuel Robbe (French 1872-1936) The title of this work is:
"Le Bouquet de Violettes", it was created and printed in 1903 in the first edition of only 65 signed proofs. A larger edition was published after the signature was added to the plate. This etching is hand signed in pencil lower right. The image measures 17 1/2X11 3/4 inches. A fine impression, previously sold by Merrill Chase galleries, it appears in the Chase catalog as image number 105. Robbe studied at the Academie Julien and the Ecole des Beaux Artes in Paris.
With his hand application of color no two images look exactly the same, a very painterly technique.
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