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September 24, 2010 12:00 PMCalender

James Madison Stone (American, 1841-1930) A Summer Dream

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2517BLocation: BostonDate / Time: September 24, 2010 12:00PM


James Madison Stone (American, 1841-1930)

A Summer Dream
Signed, inscribed, and dated "J.M. STONE BOSTON 1890" l.r., identified on a
label from the World's Columbian Exposition (now detached) and with a label from William Atherton, Boston, Massachusetts, on the back of the frame.
Oil on canvas, 44 x 34 in. (111.7 x 86.4 cm),framed.
Condition: Paint losses, abrasions u.l., craquelure, canvas deformations, surface grime.

Literature: Official Directory of the World's Columbian Exposition, List of U.S. Exhibitors and Exhibits in the World's Columbian Exposition, Department of Fine Arts, Group 140 - Paintings in Oil, #948; Herbert Howe Bancroft, The Book of the Fair, Chicago, San Francisco: The Bancroft Company, 1893, pp. 678-679.

Exhibitions: World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893.

N.B. In his narrative critique of the Columbian Exposition, Herbert Bancroft wrote, "Much admired are J.M. Stone's "Leukopis" and "A Summer Dream," ... Both figures are somewhat scantily draped, with flesh tints sufficiently pronounced, "A Summer Dream," representing a brown-haired maiden lost in reverie, and in reclining posture, with eyes half closed and slightly parted lips, one hand resting on her bosom and the other holding in her lap a cluster of roses."
Estimate $8,000-12,000

Abrasion to u.l. quadrant measuring approx. 4 in. length, varnish inconsistencies throughout, abrasion to sitter's breast approx. 1/8 in. diameter, craquelure throughout, alligatoring to u.l. quadrant spanning approx. 3 x 6 in.


James Madison Stone, Herbert Howe Bancroft, Massachusetts, William Atherton, United States, Department of Fine Arts, Directory, Chicago, Bancroft Company