Lot 445

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ROY BROWN (American 1879-1956)
Souhegan Hills - circa 1926
Oil on canvas
Signed lower right and signed and titled on verso of frame and with exhibition tag. Also stamped Ex.P.A.F.A. on tacking edge verso.
40 inches x 50 inches in original carved and gilt wood Newcomb Macklin frame


Condition: Overall very good original untouched condition. Original canvas, stretcher and frame. The paint layer is stable with no signed of losses or lifting. Would appear to retain original varnish coat which is dirty and has yellowed some. There is a small 1-inch cut at upper mid right, easily addressed in conservation.


Estimate:  $2,000 - 3,000   € 1,600 - 2,400
Price Realized: $5,500.00

Provenance:

Private collection New York since the 1940's and thence by decent through the family.



Literature:

The Indianapolis News, Saturday, January 15, 1927 page 15 where illustrated; Decatur Evening Herald, Sunday October 30, 1927, page 24 where illustrated; The Decatur Herald, Sunday October 10, 1937, page 20 where illustrated



Exhibition:

New York, National Academy of Design, Spring Exhibition 1926 (Altman Award); Indianapolis, Indiana, Indiana University, John Herron Art Institute Galleries, January 1927; Decatur, Illinois, Decatur Art Institute, October 1927; Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, Oct.-Dec. 1928 as #75; Saint Louis, Missouri, City Art Museum, September 1929; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, October 1930; Decatur, Illinois, Decatur Art Institute, April 1937


The offered painting would appear to depict an expansive landscape with an old bridge spanning the Souhegan River near Wilton, New Hampshire similar in size and scope to Brown's 1921 Wilton Hills painting, in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Roy Henry Brown was a successful landscape painter with studios in New York City in the winters and Wilton, New Hampshire during the summers. A native of Decatur, Illinois, he began his career in Chicago as an illustrator for the Chicago Tribune. In about 1900, he went to New York where he enrolled in the Art Students League. Among his teachers were Kenyon Cox and George Bridgman. From 1907 to 1914, he lived in France, studying at the Academie Julian with Jean Paul Laurens, Rene Menard, and Jean-Francois Raffaeli. Brown worked in both oil and watercolor and from 1939 to 1944, was President of the American Watercolor Society and led the merger of that group with the New York Watercolor Club. He was also a full member of the National Academy of Design, which he served as Vice President from 1949 to 1950.

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