Clifford Warren Ashley (American, 1881-1947)
Provincetown Bar and Bakery
Signed "CW Ashley" l.l., identified on a presentation plaque and a label from Vose
Galleries of Boston on the reverse.
Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm), framed.
Condition: Lined, scattered retouch.
Literature: Whalers, Wharves, and Waterways: An Exhibition of Paintings by Clifford W. Ashley, The Whaling Museum (May 18-July 9, 1973) and The Brandywine River Museum (August 4-September 16, 1973), published by the Meriden Gravure Company and The Stinehour Press, 1973, p. 65, no. 43.
N.B. Clifford Warren Ashley was an author and painter, born in the whaling town of New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1881. He attended the Eric Pape School of Art and continued his studies with landscape painter, George Loftus Noyes. By around 1901, Ashley moved to Wilmington, Delaware to work with preeminent illustrator Howard Pyle and join the Brandywine school of artists. There, Ashley first began to enjoy success as an artist and in 1904 he was commissioned by Harper's Monthly Magazine to write and illustrate an article about whaling, which would be called "The Blubber Hunters." (1)
By 1913 Ashley turned his attention to painting and spent the following years painting the islands in Buzzards Bay, the waterfront of New Bedford, and various locations on Cape Cod including Provincetown. He continued to spend the winter months in Wilmington yet returned to his native Massachusetts for the summers. He married Sarah Scudder Clarke in 1932 and the couple settled in Westport, Massachusetts.
Scattered retouch primarily to sky area of u.l. and u.r. quadrants, no apparent restored tears.