November 1, 2016, 11:00 AM EST
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Lot 80: Irving Ramsey Wiles American, 1861-1948 The Twins Signed Irving R. Wiles and dated 1907 (ur); inscri...(109 views)
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Irving Ramsey Wiles
Signed Irving R. Wiles and dated 1907 (ur); inscribed on stretcher exhibited national... design
Oil on canvas
55 x 35 inches
Pearce Bailey, M.D., New York
By descent in the family to the current owner
Peter Hastings Falk, ed., The Annual Exhibition Record of the National Academy of Design, 1901-1950, Sound View Press, 1990, p. 544
The Ledger of Irving Ramsay Wiles, as cited in Geoffrey Fleming, Irving Ramsay Wiles, N.A., 1861-1948, Southold Historical Society, Southold, NY, 2010, p. 204
New York, National Academy of Design Winter Exhibition, Dec. 14, 1907-Jan. 14, 1908, no. 187
In late 1907, possibly in September, prominent New York physician Pearce Bailey commissioned Irving Ramsay Wiles to paint his five year old twin sons, Pearce and James in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. He paid Wiles $1,600 (including expenses). The paint was hardly dry on the canvas when Wiles showed the double portrait in the 1907 winter exhibition at the National Academy of Design, identifying Dr. Bailey as its owner.
Dressed in lustrous velvet tunics, the young boys solemnly stand with the family dachshund, their golden curls gleaming in contrast against the rich umbrous background.
In a Carrig-Rohane frame, no. 497, dated 1907. Lined , stretchers planed down and affixed onto a secondary stretcher. Not examined under UV. Uneven varnish. Scattered light inpaint at the top, and at the upper right corner. The belt of the boy at left may have been reinforced. There is a vertical repaired 8 inch tear with associated inpaint toward the bottom, to the right of the boy at the right. There appear to be two parallel repaired horizontal tears with inpaint less than an inch apart, about 8 inches wide overall but with an intact area between (there are two parallel repairs to the left and right of the boy's leg). There is also a small repaired damage about an inch square near the head of the dachshund.
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