Lot 44: NEWELL CONVERS WYETH, (AMERICAN 1882-1945), "THE DEPARTURE OF THE ROSE" (THE MOTHER OF THE HERO)
December 4, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
NEWELL CONVERS WYETH
"THE DEPARTURE OF THE ROSE" (THE MOTHER OF THE HERO)
Signed ''N.C. Wyeth'' bottom right; also with artist and title on label verso, oil on canvas
40 1/2 x 30 in. (102.9 x 76.2cm)
Acquired from the above by Mrs. N.C. Wyeth, 1962.
Acquired from the above as a gift.
The Hickman (Friends Boarding Home), West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (as The Mother of the Hero), 1921.
Richard Layton, Inventory of Paintings in the Wyeth Studio, 1950, unpublished, Wyeth family archives, p. 9.
Douglas Allen and Douglas Allen, Jr., N.C. Wyeth, The Collected Paintings, Illustrations and Murals, New York, 1972, p. 209.
Christine B. Podmaniczky, N.C. Wyeth: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, vol. 1, London, 2008, p. 405, no. I.835, (illustrated).
The present painting was executed in 1920 and was initially made as an illustration for Charles Kingsley''s novel Westward Ho! or, the Voyages and Adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, Knight, of Burrough. According to the catalogue raisonné, N.C. Wyeth read and annotated an edition of the book published by Thomas Nelson & Sons, London, in 1907. The present painting includes a label from Scribner''s records, the company who later published the story with Wyeth''s paintings as illustrations. According to the label verso, this painting was to be illustrated facing p. 369 in Kingsley''s novel. Scribner''s paid Wyeth for the commission and reportedly returned the complete set of paintings to the artist in 1921.
The unlined canvas in fine to excellent overall condition with relatively minor amounts of localized retouch, and the vast majority of the painting in unrestored original condition. As seen in the catalogue/online photograph, there is slight mechanical damage at the very top of the canvas, just at the frame, at upper center right. In this small area there is some damage/slight loss/exposed canvas twill, though largely unobtrusive. At this area, and in an area to the right of the latter small area of mechanical damage, the canvas is dark under u.v. light, indicative of restoration. There is a small amount of retouch along a narrow part of outer right edge at center right. There is an approximately pinhead size area of fill in the sky at lower center right. There are two areas with restoration at bottom of dress. Just within the bottom outer right edge, part of the canvas has a crease.
Frame: 46 1/2 x 36 in.
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