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Sanford Robinson Gifford (American, 1823-1880) Sunday Prayers

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2387
Lot:
128
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$750,000$750,000

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Auction:
American & European Works of Art - 2387
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 16, 2007 4:00PM

Description:

Sanford Robinson Gifford (American, 1823-1880)

Sunday Prayers/Probably a Study for Sunday Morning in the Camp of the Seventh Regiment
Signed "S. R. Gifford" faintly l.l., identified on information affixed to the
backing.
Oil on canvas, 7 x 12 1/4 in. (17.8 x 31.1 cm), framed.
Condition: Lined, retouch, extremely mild craquelure, surface grime.


Provenance: By descent to a private New England collection.


Although Sanford Gifford began his career as a portraitist, he quickly developed an affinity for rendering landscapes following an 1846 trip to the Berkshires and Catskill Mountains. In 1861, Gifford enlisted in the military for the Civil War. He was in the Seventh Regiment and sketched when time allowed. This work was most likely a study for Sunday Morning in the Camp of the Seventh Regiment, presently in the collection of the Union League Club, New York. The scene, which shows soldiers relaxing with the Potomac River in the distance, reflects Gifford's "eye for spectacles in which many people were contained in a wide landscape or a large space." (1)


(1)Weiss, Ila. Poetic Experience, The Art and Experience of Sanford Gifford ( DE: Associated University Presses, Inc., 1987). pg 227.
Estimate $40,000-60,000

The lining is adhered with wax, and may even have a solid support sandwiched between the two canvases. The retouch is an invert "L" shape just left of center in the sky, less than 1/2 inch tall. The craquelure is insignificant.

Keywords

Sanford Robinson Gifford, Seventh Regiment, New England, Berkshires mountain, Catskill mountain, Union League Club, Potomac River, Associated University Presses Inc., Gifford, Hudson River School

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