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Lot 23: Pressing Hay

Est: $8,000 USD - $12,000 USD
Christie'sApril 30, 2008Beverly Hills, CA, US

Item Overview


William Lewis Marple (1827-1910)
Pressing Hay
signed 'Marple' (lower right)
oil on canvas laid down on board
13¼ x 23¾ in. (33.7 x 60.3 cm.)
The present work was most likely painted in 1874.

Artist or Maker


(Probably) San Francisco, California, San Francisco's Mechanics' Institute, Ninth Industrial Exhibition , August 18-October 3, 1874, no. 44 (as Pressing Hay, Marin County ).


Linda Swearengen, Columbia, Missouri.
Barridoff Galleries, Portland, Maine, 8 August 2003, lot 258.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.


Born in New York in 1827, William Lewis Marple first traveled west to seek his fortune during the 1849 Gold Rush. A self-taught artist, he soon found painting to be financially lucrative and opened a studio at 432 Montgomery Street in San Francisco, becoming one of the early prominent landscape painters in the city. Marple traveled frequently to Europe and the east coast where he was in contact with many of the most notable painters and patrons of the day, including Solomon Gump, who became Marple's leading patron and helped the artist to found the San Francisco Art Association. The present work demonstrates a superb early rendering of the nineteenth century American landscape and has been identified as most likely being Marple's Pressing Hay, Marin County that was exhibited in 1874 in San Francisco. Whether or not Marple's style can be definitively characterized as Luminism, it is certain that the artist shares the Luminist preoccupation with light, atmosphere, and attention to detail while depicting a pleasant genre scene within the distinct American landscape.

Auction Details

California, Western And American Paintings, Drawings And Sculpture

April 30, 2008, 12:00 AM EST

360 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210, US