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Lot 509: Ernest Ludvig Ipsen (American, 1869-1951) Portrait of Milton H. Bird with his Champion Irish Terrier "Kelvin Colleen", 1943. Signed ...

Est: $1,000 USD - $1,500 USDSold:
SkinnerMay 20, 2011Boston, MA, US

Item Overview

Description

Ernest Ludvig Ipsen (American, 1869-1951)

Portrait of Milton H. Bird with his Champion Irish Terrier "Kelvin Colleen", 1943.
Signed and dated "E.L. Ipsen/1943" l.l., identified on a handwritten label and note
affixed to the reverse.
Oil on Masonite, 42 x 32 3/4 in. (106.5 x 83.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Paint losses and flaking, surface grime.

Artist or Maker

Condition Report

The unsigned note on the back, presumably taken from a letter written by Milton Bird, describes his sitting for this portrait in Coconut Grove, Florida. As he describes it, the artist originally painted in a complex background of vines and flowers; then, after receiving some negative criticism from a fellow artist, he returned to the composition to simplify the background. In the interim, he painted a second portrait of Milton Bird, whereabouts unknown, which was awarded a prize. The artist gave the first, reworked, portrait to the sitter.


Auction Details

American & European Paintings & Prints

by
Skinner
May 20, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

The Heritage on the Garden 63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA, 02116, US