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Naval painter, Etcher, Engraver, Photographer, b. 1884 - d. 1961

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      • WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (Long Island, 1884-1961)
        Mar. 20, 2024

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (Long Island, 1884-1961)

        Est: $300 - $400

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island, 1884-1961), rocky coastal landscape, pastel on paper, signed ''William Steeple Davis'' lower left. Matted and framed under glass. Minor crease. Paper 14''h, 18''w.

        South Bay Auctions Inc
      • WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (Long Island, 1884-1961)
        Mar. 20, 2024

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (Long Island, 1884-1961)

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island, 1884-1961), ''Catskill Moonlight'', oil on canvas, signed ''Wm. Steeple Davis'' lower left, titled on stretcher verso. Aging cracks, surface accretion. Canvas 26''h, 20''w.

        South Bay Auctions Inc
      • WILLIAM STEEPLE-DAVIS (AMERICAN, 1884-1961)
        Mar. 05, 2024

        WILLIAM STEEPLE-DAVIS (AMERICAN, 1884-1961)

        Est: £500 - £700

        WILLIAM STEEPLE-DAVIS (AMERICAN, 1884-1961) WILLIAM STEEPLE-DAVIS (AMERICAN, 1884-1961) An American's 5 Mast Coaster signed 'W Steeple Davis' (lower left), further signed and titled 'An American 5 Mast Coaster,/W.S.Davis' (verso) oil on canvas 51 x 40.5 cm. (20 x 16 in.)

        Chiswick Auctions
      • WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (Long Island, 1884-1961)
        Jan. 31, 2024

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (Long Island, 1884-1961)

        Est: $600 - $800

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island, 1884-1961), wall with climbing grapevine, oil on canvas, signed by monogram lower right, in artist-carved and stained pine tabernacle frame with grapevine motif. Craquelure, stretcher marks. Canvas 16''h, 26''w; frame 23-1/4''h, 33-1/4''w.

        South Bay Auctions Inc
      • WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island)
        Oct. 25, 2023

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island)

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island, 1884-1961), ''Catskill Moonlight'', oil on canvas, signed ''Wm. Steeple Davis'' lower left, titled on stretcher verso. Aging cracks, surface accretion. Canvas 26''h, 20''w.

        South Bay Auctions Inc
      • WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island)
        Oct. 25, 2023

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island)

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island, 1884-1961), ''Long Island Moonlight'', oil on canvas, signed ''Wm. Steeple Davis'' lower left, titled on stretcher verso and on exhibition label tacked to stretcher verso. Aging cracks, scattered flaking. Canvas 20''h, 24''w. Exhibited: ''1960 Fine Arts Festival'', The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York, August 26th - September 17th.

        South Bay Auctions Inc
      • WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island)
        Oct. 25, 2023

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island)

        Est: $300 - $400

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island, 1884-1961), rocky coastal landscape, pastel on paper, signed ''William Steeple Davis'' lower left. Matted and framed under glass. Minor crease. Paper 14''h, 18''w.

        South Bay Auctions Inc
      • William Steeple Davis (American, 1884-1961) Painting
        Apr. 30, 2023

        William Steeple Davis (American, 1884-1961) Painting

        Est: $300 - $500

        William Steeple Davis (American, 1884-1961) Painting. Title - From Upper Deck of Steamer at Pier 8. Watercolor, gouache and pencil painting depicting an east side of New York City skyline. Signed lower left W. S. Davis - August 29, 1914. Signed lower right - From upper Deck of Steamer at Pier 8, East River. Tape hinged at the top, not laid down. Galerie Pelar Shelter Island NY label on reverse with description. Painting measures 10 inches high, 13 inches wide. Sight size 8.75 inches high, 11.75 inches wide. Frame measures 14 inches high, 16.75 inches wide. In good condition. From Askart.com: The Search for the Pictorial: The Life and Art of William Steeple Davis, published by Traditional Fine Arts Online. The Museums at Stony Brook will showcase the works of Long Island artist William Steeple Davis (1884-1961) in a new exhibition opening on June 24 and continuing through August 6, 2000. The Search for the Pictorial: The Life and Art of William Steeple Davis features paintings, photographs and drawings by the East End artist on loan from the Oysterponds Historical Society. The William Steeple Davis Trust artist-in-residence program was established in 1976 under the will of Mr. Davis to provide a temporary place of abode for persons of good character who are or have been actively engaged in cultural professions, particularly in the arts, and who are without adequate funds to provide for such accommodations. Davis, an artist who was born in 1884 and lived until 1961, spent virtually all of his life in Orient, depicting the hamlet in a variety of media for over a half a century. The endeavors of past residents of the program have included painting, photography, writing, sculpture, poetry, architecture and music. The modest house and studio are in a quiet location within sight of Orient Harbor, and walking distance of public beaches, open fields and marshes, a post office and and the Orient Country Store. Residence in the house would be possible without a car, but quite inconvenient. Pets cannot be accommodated and smoking is prohibited in both the house and studio. Inquiries from persons wishing further information about the residency should be made by mail: The William Steeple Davis Trust, PO Box 371, Orient, NY 11957. Davis was born and lived his entire life in the small village of Orient, on the eastern tip of the north shore of Long Island. Like many Long Island artists, he used his rural surroundings to further his career as a painter, photographer, and commercial artist. His work has been compared to that of Whitney Hubbard, Irving R. Wiles and Fairfield Porter. But unlike his East End contemporaries, Davis was self-taught and socially isolated; he rarely left Orient and did not travel to Europe until late in life. Despite this, he frequently exhibited his works at both American and international venues, he wrote more than six hundred articles about photography for such magazines as The Camera and Photo Era, and he established a career as a commercial illustrator. In Davis's earliest paintings, dating from 1893 and 1894, he delighted in depicting the sailing ships he saw on Long Island Sound. With no formal training and much persistence, he strove to define himself as an artist and tried to continue the tradition of marine and landscape painting developed by his 19th-century predecessors Thomas Birch, Thomas Cole and Winslow Homer. His 1912 work Winter Afternoon is a good example of a painter trying to hold on to 19th-century realism in an age when modernism and abstraction were becoming the dominant styles of American painting. Davis's graphic works consist primarily of etchings, hand-colored prints and block prints that echo the subject matter of his paintings. His linoleum block prints Horse and Buggy Days (1936) and Ploughing Time (1936) reflect a simpler time when men depended upon the power of horses, not steam or gasoline power. His best known work, In Tumult (c. 1927), perhaps best expresses the artist as a talented draftsman and reflects his love and respect for the power of the ocean. But it is his photographic works and essays on photography for which Davis is best known. His first contact with photographic materials was in 1895 when a friend, Lucien C. Laudy, sent him a magic lantern and several dozen lantern slides. Within a few years, Davis began to publish articles in well-known photography journals, and in 1923 he published the book Practical Amateur Photography. Davis was interested in all aspects of photography -- artistic, technical, scientific and economic -- and by his death he had published more than 600 articles on the subject. A catalogue, written by Dr. Kimberly Rhodes, with an introduction by Dr. Paul Sternberger, accompanies the show. The exhibition will travel to Hollins University in Virginia in the fall of 2002. Funding for the exhibition and accompanying publication has been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, Robert Shurhan, Carole G. Donlin, and the Arts in Southold Town.

        Myers Fine Art
      • William Steeple Davis Impressionist Coastal Scene
        Mar. 26, 2023

        William Steeple Davis Impressionist Coastal Scene

        Est: $400 - $600

        DAVIS, William Steeple, (American, 1884-1961): Impressionist coastal landscape with crashing surf, Oil/Board, No visible signature, illegible pencil notations verso, 8" x 10", framed 14.75" x 16.75".

        Amero Auctions
      • WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island, 1884-1961)
        Oct. 22, 2022

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island, 1884-1961)

        Est: $300 - $500

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island, 1884-1961), ''Afternoon Sunshine: Orient, L.I., N.Y.'', oil on board, signed lower left, title inscribed to frame verso. Board 7''h, 9''w.

        South Bay Auctions Inc
      • William Steeple DAVIS: Gouache, German Fleet
        Apr. 22, 2022

        William Steeple DAVIS: Gouache, German Fleet

        Est: $150 - $250

        The Surrender of the German Fleet, Nov. 21, 1918, Orient, L.I., signed in pencil. Water stain upper right.

        Roland Auctions NY
      • WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island)
        Mar. 26, 2022

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island)

        Est: $300 - $400

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island, 1884-1961), group of (2) watercolor landscapes, to include: cow in pasture with barn, 1903, signed and dated lower right, (laid down, toning); and pond in winter, 1902, probably Major's Pond, Orient, signed by monogram lower left and dated, (laid down, foxing). Larger 6-9/16''h, 9-7/16''w (pond).

        South Bay Auctions Inc
      • William Steeple Davis Signed Woodcuts (2)
        Nov. 17, 2021

        William Steeple Davis Signed Woodcuts (2)

        Est: $100 - $150

        William Steeple Davis Signed Woodcuts (2). They measure 6-in. x 8-in. image size. Unframed, loose and not glued or mounted. If lot is absent of a condition report one may be requested via email. Condition report is provided as an opinion only and is no guarantee as grading can be subjective. Buyer must view photographs or scans to assist in determining condition and ask further questions if so desired. Our in-house shipping department will gladly pack and ship any item that fits into a 14x14x14 inch or 30x5x24 inch or equivalent or smaller box/folio if it is not fragile or over 25lbs. We will charge for labor to pack and process based on actual time it takes, actual cost of materials used to pack and actual shipper charges that will include insurance and signature required. We generally use USPS and Fed Ex and compare the pricing between the two. Books maximum box size will be 14x14x14 inch or equivalent and will be shipped USPS Media Mail unless otherwise requested. We gladly will give shipping estimates prior to auction. Please make this request at least 24 hours prior to auction for our shipping department to respond. If your invoice is for multiple items, we will use our discretion on requiring the use of an outside shipper. We reserve the right to require an outside shipper on any item(s) in the auction even if not stated.

        Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
      • William Steeple Davis (1884 - 1961) New York, W/C
        Jun. 13, 2021

        William Steeple Davis (1884 - 1961) New York, W/C

        Est: $600 - $900

        William Steeple Davis (1884 - 1961) New York (Long Island) artist, watercolor on paper. Inscribed and signed. Titled "Racing on the Mississippi." The Famous race between "Robert E Lee" and "Natcher." Several of William Steeple Davis' works have been exhibited at Oysterponds Historical Society. Diego Salazar, NYC gold leaf frame. Overall: 18 x 20 1/2 in. Sight: 9 x 11 1/2 in. Please note that all sales are final. No refunds will be given under any circumstances.

        Sarasota Estate Auction
      • William Steeple DVIS: Gouache, German Fleet
        Oct. 25, 2019

        William Steeple DVIS: Gouache, German Fleet

        Est: $300 - $500

        The Surrender of the German Fleet, Nov. 21, 1918, Orient, L.I., signed in pencil. Water stain upper right.

        Roland Auctions NY
      • William Steeple Davis Original Watercolors
        Jan. 13, 2018

        William Steeple Davis Original Watercolors

        Est: $50 - $100

        William Steeple Davis (New York 1884-1961) group of three original watercolors that are sample pieces for an idea for a monthly service. They measure from 11" x 5.75" sheet size. All are unframed, loose and not glued or mounted. Provenance: Estate of Russell Johanson, Seattle, Wa. We ship most items in-house with the exception of furniture, large or heavy artwork, heavier items or extremely fragile items.

        Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
      • William Steeple Davis (New York) Block Prints
        Jan. 13, 2018

        William Steeple Davis (New York) Block Prints

        Est: $100 - $200

        William Steeple Davis (New York 1884-1961) group of seven block prints and one small lithograph. The block prints measure from 6.5" x 10" to 8.5" x 11" sheet size. The small litho is 5.75" x 5.25". Five of the eight prints are pencil signed by the artist. All are unframed, loose and not glued or mounted. Overall excellent condition. Provenance: Estate of Russell Johanson, Seattle, Wa. We ship most items in-house with the exception of furniture, large or heavy artwork, heavier items or extremely fragile items.

        Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC
      • WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (1884-1961) - Snowdrift Orient
        Aug. 27, 2016

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (1884-1961) - Snowdrift Orient

        Est: $250 - $500

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (1884-1961) - Snowdrift Orient

        Southold Historical Society
      • WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, 1884-1961)
        Dec. 05, 2015

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, 1884-1961)

        Est: $200 - $300

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American, Long Island, 1884-1961), ''A Black Ball Packet'', watercolor, ink signed and titled at bottom. Image 5-1/2''h, 7-1/2''w.

        South Bay Auctions Inc
      • WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American. 1884-1959)
        Feb. 17, 2015

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American. 1884-1959)

        Est: $600 - $800

        "Racing on the Mississippi". Signed l/r. Titled, inscribed "the famous race between Robert E. Lee and Natchez" and signed in the lower margin. Watercolor on Paper. Sight measuring 7 1/4" by 10". Gilded frame with nameplate, framed behind glass. (Cond: good)

        Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches
      • WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American. 1884-1959)
        Feb. 25, 2014

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (American. 1884-1959)

        Est: $600 - $800

        "Racing on the Mississippi". Signed l/r. Titled, inscribed "the famous race between Robert E. Lee and Natchez" and signed in the lower margin. Watercolor on Paper. Sight measuring 7 1/4" by 10". Gilded frame with nameplate, framed behind glass. (Cond: good)

        Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches
      • Early 20th c. American oil on canvas, signed
        Sep. 22, 2013

        Early 20th c. American oil on canvas, signed

        Est: $300 - $500

        Early 20th century American oil on canvas of a ship at sea, likely depicting the New York harbor, signed William Steeple Davis (American, 1884-1961), 19.5"h x 15.5"w, overall size including frame 19.5"h x 23.5"w x 1"d.

        Great Gatsby's Auction Gallery, Inc.
      • WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS -American1884-1969 Painting
        Apr. 07, 2013

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS -American1884-1969 Painting

        Est: $200 - $300

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS. (American, 1884-1961) "Narrow River Road, Orient" Peconic Bay Impressionist. Oil on board. Signed lower left, "Wm.Steeple Davis, 1926. Good Condition. Painting measures 14" x 12". Frame measures 16 ½" x 14". The William Steeple Davis Trust in Orient, New York was established in 1976 under the will of Mr. Davis. The trust operates an artist in residence program that is active today.

        Myers Fine Art
      • WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (1884-1961, NY) WOODBLOCK ON PAPER - Pencil signed work of ships at sea. Condition good. Early to mid 20th cen...
        Dec. 09, 2012

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (1884-1961, NY) WOODBLOCK ON PAPER - Pencil signed work of ships at sea. Condition good. Early to mid 20th cen...

        Est: $50 - $100

        WILLIAM STEEPLE DAVIS (1884-1961, NY) WOODBLOCK ON PAPER - Pencil signed work of ships at sea. Condition good. Early to mid 20th century. 15.5" x 17.5" framed.

        Pacific Galleries
      • William Steeple Davis, American, 1884-1961, Lonely Alley, oil on board, 18 x 14 in., framed
        Jul. 14, 2012

        William Steeple Davis, American, 1884-1961, Lonely Alley, oil on board, 18 x 14 in., framed

        Est: $200 - $300

        William Steeple Davis American, 1884-1961 Lonely Alley oil on board signed "Wm Steeple Davis" lr 18 x 14 in., framed

        Alex Cooper
      • William Steeple Davis American (b. 1884) CRASHING
        Jun. 11, 2008

        William Steeple Davis American (b. 1884) CRASHING

        Est: $400 - $600

        William Steeple Davis American (b. 1884) CRASHING SURF watercolour signed 15 x 19 1/4in

        Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
      • William Steeple Davis American (b. 1884)
        Jun. 11, 2008

        William Steeple Davis American (b. 1884)

        Est: $400 - $600

        William Steeple Davis American (b. 1884) MID-WINTER watercolour signed 15 1/2 x 19 1/4in

        Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
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