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Painter, b. 1919 - d. 2005

Quaint Americana scenes illustrating rural life and landscapes are key features in Walter Brightwell's artwork. His oil paintings of country life in the mid-1900s are expertly colored and detailed. After returning from WWII, he painted the rolling oceanscapes he saw on his way to Europe. The value of Walter Brightwell paintings can range from moderate to expensive, based on size and age.

One of the best-known Walter Brightwell prints is a replica of his painting Goin' Fishin', which has been reprinted several times. He was a gifted lithographer as well, creating prints of farmsteads and seascapes. Walter Brightwell prints span all seasons, with the artist changing his color palettes from vibrant greens of spring to the rich oranges and reds of fall. Find artwork of your favorite locations by browsing memorable landscape paintings online from talented artists around the world.

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        • Walter E. Brightwell Jr., American (1919-2005)
          Aug. 13, 2023

          Walter E. Brightwell Jr., American (1919-2005)

          Est: $150 - $200

          Walter E. Brightwell Jr., American (1919-2005) Painting Oil on Board. Signed Lower Right. "Seascape". Beautifully Framed. Condition: Excellent. Dimensions: Sight-20" x 10". Frame-24.75" x 14.75". Provenance: From a New York City, Home. Please note the absence of a Condition Report does not imply that there are no condition issues with this lot. Please contact us for a detailed Condition Report. It is the Buyer's responsibility to inspect each lot and deem their own opinions on Condition, Description, Provenance, and Validity before purchasing. Please make an appointment to preview or ask for Condition Reports. Condition Reports are rendered as an opinion by the staff of the Auction House and not as statements of fact. REMEMBER ALL SALES ARE FINAL AND ALL ITEMS ARE SOLD AS-IS, WHERE IS.

          World Auction Gallery
        • WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL, JR., AMERICAN 1919-2005, DOCKSIDE, MAINE, Watercolor, Sight: 10 3/4 x 22 3/4 in. (27.31 x 57.79 cm.), Frame: 21 1/2 x 33 1/2 in. (54.61 x 85.09 cm.)
          Jun. 28, 2022

          WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL, JR., AMERICAN 1919-2005, DOCKSIDE, MAINE, Watercolor, Sight: 10 3/4 x 22 3/4 in. (27.31 x 57.79 cm.), Frame: 21 1/2 x 33 1/2 in. (54.61 x 85.09 cm.)

          Est: $300 - $500

          WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL, JR. AMERICAN, 1919-2005 DOCKSIDE, MAINE Watercolor Lower right signed: Brightwell; verso inscription

          Potomack Company
        • WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL JR OIL ON BOARD
          Jul. 18, 2021

          WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL JR OIL ON BOARD

          Est: $250 - $2,500

          WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL JR OIL ON BOARD FRAME 21 3/8" X 17 1/4" BOARD 15 1/2" X 30" All items Located in in Hollywood Florida Warehouse For Shipping Call today for quote they have item numbers and Pak Mail is available for all your custom packaging and shipping needs. We can package, palletize, crate, insure and ship to any Domestic or International location. All packaging and shipping fees must be paid in full before shipment is released. On international shipments, consignee is responsible for all Duties, Taxes, Customs Clearance or any destination fees that apply. Please visit our website @ www.pakmail.com/us770 for contact information or to get a quote. (Let us know you are a winning bidder from the Puckett auction so we can correctly arrange pick up for your item)

          Puckett Auctions
        • Walter E. Brightwell, Jr, Florida / Maine (1919-2005)
          Feb. 06, 2021

          Walter E. Brightwell, Jr, Florida / Maine (1919-2005)

          Est: $300 - $500

          Walter E. Brightwell, Jr, Florida / Maine (1919-2005), Watercolor painting of sea coast and bouys, signed lower right "Brightwell", 13 1/2" x 19 3/4" sight, matted and framed under plexiglass.

          The Cobbs
        • Walter E. Brightwell, Jr, Florida / Maine (1919-2005)
          Feb. 06, 2021

          Walter E. Brightwell, Jr, Florida / Maine (1919-2005)

          Est: $300 - $500

          Walter E. Brightwell, Jr, Florida / Maine (1919-2005), Watercolor painting of fishing shack, lowtide, signed lower right "Brightwell", 14" x 21", sight, matted and framed under plexiglass.

          The Cobbs
        • Walter Brightwell (1919-2005) Framed Oil
          Jan. 09, 2021

          Walter Brightwell (1919-2005) Framed Oil

          Est: -

          Walter Brightwell (1919-2005) Framed Oil Painting: signed ‘Brightwell’ oil on canvas bright painting of fisherman in white wooden boat preparing lobster trap on the water in a proper wooden molding rustic frame; 15 ½” W X 11 ¾” T image size/17” T X 21” W overall; good

          Roan Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers
        • Walter Brightwell Jr. Windblown Coastal Painting
          Oct. 31, 2020

          Walter Brightwell Jr. Windblown Coastal Painting

          Est: $1,000 - $1,500

          Florida, Maine,1919-2005 Fine impressionist seascape depicting a blonde woman standing on rockery with waves crashing around her staring into the sea. Brightwell studied under Frank V. Dumond (1865-1951) and was affiliated with the American Watercolor Society, Allied Artists of America, Grand Central Galleries of New York, and an NACAL Navy Combat artist.

          Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
        • Walter Brightwell, Am. 1919-2005, "Ogunquit Surf" 1983, Oil on canvas, 23 1/2" x 35 3/4" sight, 29 1/2" x 42" framed
          Aug. 15, 2020

          Walter Brightwell, Am. 1919-2005, "Ogunquit Surf" 1983, Oil on canvas, 23 1/2" x 35 3/4" sight, 29 1/2" x 42" framed

          Est: $700 - $900

          Walter Brightwell Am. 1919-2005 "Ogunquit Surf" 1983 Oil on canvas Signed and dated l.r., Greenhut Gallery label on verso 23 1/2" x 35 3/4" sight, 29 1/2" x 42" framed Provenance: Private Collection Maine

          Barridoff Auctions
        • Walter Brightwell, Jr. Oil on Canvas.
          Nov. 21, 2019

          Walter Brightwell, Jr. Oil on Canvas.

          Est: $1,000 - $1,500

          Florida/Maine, 1919-2005 “Working Shares”. Titled. Signed lower right “Brightwell”. Oil on canvas, 16” x 20”.

          Weiss Auctions
        • Walter Brightwell (American, 1919-2005) Rough Waters Oil on canvas 16 x 20 inche
          Oct. 10, 2019

          Walter Brightwell (American, 1919-2005) Rough Waters Oil on canvas 16 x 20 inche

          Est: $200 - $400

          Walter Brightwell (American, 1919-2005) Rough Waters Oil on canvas 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm) Signed lower right: Brightwell HID01801242017

          Heritage Auctions
        • Walter Brightwell - Looking Down 6th Avenue Toward the Jefferson Market Library Building
          Aug. 04, 2017

          Walter Brightwell - Looking Down 6th Avenue Toward the Jefferson Market Library Building

          Est: $5,000 - $7,000

          Walter Brightwell Am. 1919–1971 Looking Down 6th Avenue Toward the Jefferson Market Library Building Signed "Brightwell" l.r. Oil on board 20 x 28 in. 50.8 x 71.1 cm

          Barridoff Auctions
        • Walter Brightwell
          Mar. 02, 2017

          Walter Brightwell

          Est: $6,000 - $8,000

          Walter Brightwell (American, b. 1919 - after 1971) LOOKING DOWN 6TH AVENUE TOWARD THE JEFFERSON MARKET LIBRARY BUILDING oil on board, framed, signed: lower right H20" W28"

          Charlton Hall
        • WALTER BRIGHTWELL NEW ENGLAND LOBSTER FISHERMAN WINTER
          Jan. 29, 2017

          WALTER BRIGHTWELL NEW ENGLAND LOBSTER FISHERMAN WINTER

          Est: $500 - $800

          BRIGHTWELL, Walter (American, 1919-2005): New England Lobster Fisherman in winter, Oil/Canvas, 24" X 32", signed lower right, original frame, 33.5" X 41.5". Walter Brightwell is known for his landscape and marine paintings.

          Burchard Galleries Inc
        • Walter Brightwell, Looking Down 6th Avenue Toward the Jefferson Market Building Oil Painting
          Jan. 28, 2017

          Walter Brightwell, Looking Down 6th Avenue Toward the Jefferson Market Building Oil Painting

          Est: $6,000 - $8,000

          Looking Down 6th Avenue Toward the Jefferson Market Library Building. Walter Brightwell (b. 1919- after 1971). Oil on board, c. 1939. Signed lower right: 'Brightwell". 20 x 28 inches. The Jefferson Market Library building and surrounding area are a terrific example of the evolution of New York City over the span of a century. In the 1830s Jefferson Market, located on Sixth Avenue between West 9th and 10th Streets, existed as a major food market, distinguished by its wooden lookout tower used to spot fires. In the 1870s a Victorian courthouse was erected on the site of Jefferson Market. It was hailed as one of the most beautiful buildings in America and transformed the landscape, becoming a local landmark. The wooden tower was reinforced with red brick and featured a new clock, retaining the original bell. The building continued to serve the West Village as a lively courthouse until the late 1940s, when it was left vacant and fell under the threat of condemnation. Village community members, including E. E. Cummings, rallied to save the building, and in 1967 it reopened as a public library. Meanwhile, the area around the Jefferson Market had developed a great deal as well. The Sixth Avenue “El” train opened in 1878, towering above the street. It was soon an attraction to artists such as the Ashcan School painters and Edward Hopper, who depicted candid images of everyday city life. When the underground IND Sixth Avenue Line (now the B and D subway lines) opened in the late 1930s, the El was dismantled. The absence of the train, which had been a strong visual presence on Sixth Avenue, as well as a source of noise and dirt, transformed the streetscape. This painting by Brightwell was completed shortly after the removal of the El. It is a view looking south from the southeast corner of 12th Street and Sixth Avenue on a sunny New York morning. Since only a few cars, trucks, and people populate the street, one gets a strong feeling of the avenue’s openness, which must have been especially striking soon after the removal of the El. The painting is a discourse on the constant development of the city, juxtaposing old and new. The Jefferson Market Courthouse, a Victorian structure, rises before a modern industrial building, and turn-of-the-century row houses in the foreground give way to apartment houses in the distance. In the extreme foreground, Brightwell’s inclusion of a construction site implies further growth and change. Traffic and shops demonstrate continued commerce; the area remains a shopping district a full century after the area’s original birth as a food market. Walter Brightwell studied with Frank DuMond, and kept studios in Maine, New York City, and Florida. He was a member of the American Watercolor Society, Allied Artists of America, Academic Artists Association, the Florida Watercolor Society, and the Navy Combat Artists. His work has been shown in numerous juried exhibitions, including a one-man show at the Elliott Museum of Stuart, Florida. Works by Brightwell have also been exhibited at institutions such as the Museum Marine, Paris; Allied Artists of America, New York; National Academy of Design, New York; Fort Lauderdale Museum of Arts, Florida; and at Grand Central Art Galleries, New York. His paintings are included in the permanent collection of the US Navy Combat Art Collection, Washington, D. C. Brightwell was commissioned to paint a mural at West Side Savings Bank, New York, and has also been the recipient of various awards, including the George Burr Gold Medal of the National Arts Club.

          Arader Galleries
        • Walter Brightwell (1919-2005) Print On Board
          Oct. 22, 2016

          Walter Brightwell (1919-2005) Print On Board

          Est: -

          ' goin fishin'. In good condition. Frame Measures approximately 28" x 52" and art Measures approximately 24" x 48". Sh12216

          EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
        • WALTER BRIGHTWELL (AMERICAN, 1919-2005) FISHERMAN Oil on Canvas: 22 x 38 in.
          Jun. 14, 2016

          WALTER BRIGHTWELL (AMERICAN, 1919-2005) FISHERMAN Oil on Canvas: 22 x 38 in.

          Est: $300 - $500

          WALTER BRIGHTWELL (AMERICAN, 1919-2005) FISHERMAN Oil on Canvas: 22 x 38 in. Framed; lower right signed: Brightwell

          Potomack Company
        • Walter Brightwell Jr (1919 - 2005) Luminist Coast
          May. 28, 2016

          Walter Brightwell Jr (1919 - 2005) Luminist Coast

          Est: $400 - $800

          Walter Brightwell Jr (1919 - 2005) Luminist Coastal Scene depicting people having bonfire on the beach. Signed lower right. Oil on board. Sight Size: 19.5 x 35.5 in. Oil/Board.

          Sarasota Estate Auction
        • WALTER BRIGHTWELL, JR. (FL/ME, 1919-2005) - "Along the Shore", watercolor on paper, signed lower right "Brightwell, AWS, '83", in gilt driftwood frame, matted and glazed, OS: 29 1/2" x 39 1/2", SS: 19 1/2" x 29 1/2". ..
          Feb. 14, 2016

          WALTER BRIGHTWELL, JR. (FL/ME, 1919-2005) - "Along the Shore", watercolor on paper, signed lower right "Brightwell, AWS, '83", in gilt driftwood frame, matted and glazed, OS: 29 1/2" x 39 1/2", SS: 19 1/2" x 29 1/2". ..

          Est: $800 - $1,200

          WALTER BRIGHTWELL, JR. (FL/ME, 1919-2005) - "Along the Shore", watercolor on paper, signed lower right "Brightwell, AWS, '83", in gilt driftwood frame, matted and glazed, OS: 29 1/2" x 39 1/2", SS: 19 1/2" x 29 1/2". Good condition.

          Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
        • WALKER E. BRIGHTWELL (American 1919-2005) Painting
          Apr. 07, 2013

          WALKER E. BRIGHTWELL (American 1919-2005) Painting

          Est: $400 - $600

          WALKER E. BRIGHTWELL Jr. (American, 1919-2005) Springtime landscape painting. Oil on linen. Signed lower right Brightwell. Good condition with scattered inpainting in upper area. Newspaper clipping on reverse referring to mural by Brightwell with photo from newspaper; and label reading "Property of Catherine Helfenbein" Painting measures 16" x 20". Frame measures 21 ½" x 25 ½". From Ask Art: "Walter Brightwell, Jr., divided his life into three parts: First: From his birth in 1919 in Temple Texas, until World War II. Of this time he writes that he "lived with the family and my little circle, never traveling." During this time he lived in Temple, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee. During World War II he entered the military and traveled to Georgia, Kansas, Washington State, New Jersey and then went on the Queen Mary to Scotland. He traveled to England, Algeria, Sicily, Italy. He made four Atlantic crossings. He studied art in New York at the Art Students League of New York. Brightwell, Jr., did drawings and painting from a young age. For two years, prior to his military service he studied at a commercial art school in Nashville, Tennessee. Brightwell did many paintings and a number of them were issued as prints. He sometimes signed paintings "Westal" (his middle name was Estal). He painted a good deal on military themes, in the Northeast (i.e. Maine) and he lived the last 30 years or so in Florida (he lived in Vero Beach when we corresponded). He painted much of the landscape and nature of Florida".

          Myers Fine Art
        • Walter E. Brightwell (1919 - 2005)
          Aug. 18, 2012

          Walter E. Brightwell (1919 - 2005)

          Est: $400 - $600

          Two Works. (1) Seascape. Oil on Canvas. Signed (l.r.). Canvas size 16 x 24 inches. Framed. (2) Seascape with men watching fire. Oil on board. Signed (l.r.). Board size 18 x 24 inches. Framed.

          Capo Auction
        • Walter Brightwell Jr., (American, 1919-2005), Where the Sidewalk Ends
          Mar. 16, 2012

          Walter Brightwell Jr., (American, 1919-2005), Where the Sidewalk Ends

          Est: $300 - $500

          Walter Brightwell Jr. (American, 1919-2005) Where the Sidewalk Ends watercolor on paper signed Walter Brightwell Jr. (lower right) 14 x 20 inches.

          Hindman
        • Walter E. Brightwell, Jr. (American, 1919-2005) Crashing Waves. Signed "Brightwell" l.l. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in., framed.
          Nov. 10, 2010

          Walter E. Brightwell, Jr. (American, 1919-2005) Crashing Waves. Signed "Brightwell" l.l. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in., framed.

          Est: $500 - $700

          Walter E. Brightwell, Jr. (American, 1919-2005) Crashing Waves. Signed "Brightwell" l.l. Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in., framed.

          Skinner
        • Walter E. Brightwell, Jr. seascape oil on board
          May. 22, 2010

          Walter E. Brightwell, Jr. seascape oil on board

          Est: $250 - $350

          Framed oil on board seascape painting by Walter E. Brightwell, Jr. (American, 1919-2005), depicting rocky seashore at foreground and foamy white water from crashing waves with white clouds filling sky. Signed lower right "Brightwell". Monogram stamped en verso, middle bottom on stretcher "Sumna, 131 Aerrepont St., Brooklyn, NY 11201". Condition - Overall good condition with modest craquelure in sky and minor paint loss spot in upper left quadrant. Sight - 10" H x 20" W. Framed - 16 3/4" H x 26 3/4" W.

          Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
        • WALTER BRIGHTWELL
          Mar. 03, 2010

          WALTER BRIGHTWELL

          Est: $5,000 - $7,000

          1919 - 2005 LOOKING DOWN SIXTH AVENUE TOWARDS THE JEFFERSON MARKET LIBRARY BUILDING signed Brightwell , l.r. oil on canvas 20 by 28 in. 50.8 by 71.1 cm.

          Sotheby's
        • Walter Brightwell
          Feb. 12, 2010

          Walter Brightwell

          Est: $200 - $300

          Walter Brightwell (American 1919-2005) MAINE COAST, Oil on board, Signed, 20 x 10 inches

          Alderfer Auction
        • WESTAL (WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL, AMERICAN 1919-2005),
          Jan. 31, 2010

          WESTAL (WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL, AMERICAN 1919-2005),

          Est: $400 - $600

          WESTAL (WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL, AMERICAN 1919-2005), OIL ON CANVAS, THE RED MILL, SIGNED. 24 X 60"

          William J Jenack Auctioneers
        • WESTAL (WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL, AMERICAN 1919-2005),
          Jan. 09, 2010

          WESTAL (WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL, AMERICAN 1919-2005),

          Est: $400 - $600

          WESTAL (WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL, AMERICAN 1919-2005), OIL ON CANVAS, RED BARN-WINTER, SIGNED. 24 X 60"

          William J Jenack Auctioneers
        • WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL (AMERICAN 1919-2005), OIL ON
          Nov. 22, 2009

          WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL (AMERICAN 1919-2005), OIL ON

          Est: $400 - $600

          WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL (AMERICAN 1919-2005), OIL ON CANVAS, LANDSCAPE HORSE FARM, SIGNED. 24 X 48"

          William J Jenack Auctioneers
        • WESTAL (WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL, AMERICAN 1919-2005),
          Nov. 01, 2009

          WESTAL (WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL, AMERICAN 1919-2005),

          Est: $400 - $600

          WESTAL (WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL, AMERICAN 1919-2005), OIL ON CANVAS, LANDSCAPE WITH FISHERMAN, SIGNED. 36 X 24"

          William J Jenack Auctioneers
        • WESTAL (WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL, AMERICAN 1919-2005),
          Oct. 11, 2009

          WESTAL (WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL, AMERICAN 1919-2005),

          Est: $400 - $600

          WESTAL (WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL, AMERICAN 1919-2005), OIL ON CANVAS, AUTUMN LANDSCAPE, SIGNED. 24 X 60"

          William J Jenack Auctioneers
        • WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL WESTAL (AMERICAN 1919-2005),
          Sep. 20, 2009

          WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL WESTAL (AMERICAN 1919-2005),

          Est: $300 - $500

          WALTER E. BRIGHTWELL WESTAL (AMERICAN 1919-2005), OIL ON CANVAS, COVERED BRIDGE-WINTER, SIGNED. 36 X 24"

          William J Jenack Auctioneers
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