Description: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 30 by 24 inches
Medium: oil on canvas
Condition Report: Oil on canvas. Canvas is lined. SURFACE: in good condition aside from fine craquelure thoughout (more noticeable in face and proper right hand of sitter); a slight indentation to surface about 1 1/2 in. from upper part of right edge; surface is slightly pressed and abraded. UNDER UV: There is an old varnish which is hard to see through; work has been selectively cleaned at one time; there are multiple layers of inpainting and scattered inpainting throughout the proper left side of the face and beard.
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Exhibited: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Exhibition of Portraits by John Neagle, 1925, no. 30, p. 49, illustrated p. 94
Literature: Catalogue of the Laura Davidson Sears Academy of Fine Arts of the Elgin Academy and Junior College, Elgin, Illinois, 1932, no. 6, illustrated p. 9
Art Institute of Chicago, Annual Report, 1966-67, p. 27
Provenance: Dr. William Potts Dewees (possibly)
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Ehrlich Galleries, New York
Judge Nathaniel and Laura Davidson Sears (acquired from the above)
Elgin Academy and Junior College, Elgin, Illinois
Acquired from the above with funds from the A.A. McKay Fund, 1967