12-18-2010 12-18-2010
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2531B Boston
December 18, 2010 10:00 AMCalender

John La Farge (American, 1835-1910) Study for Side Lancets of Facade Windows, Trinity Church, Boston, c. 1880

Auction: 20th Century Design - 2531B Location: Boston Date / Time: December 18, 2010 10:00AM


John La Farge (American, 1835-1910)

Study for Side Lancets of Facade Windows, Trinity Church, Boston, c. 1880 Unsigned, stamped with La Farge's personal seal in red l.c., inscribed "Trinity Church/ side windows of W. Side" l.c., numbered "G 2218" on the mount l.c., numbered "116" on a label affixed to the mount.
Watercolor and graphite, sheet size 6 11/16 x 2 in., framed.
Provenance: Estate of John La Farge, New York, 1910-1911; [sale, American Art Association, New York, 29-31 Mar. 1911 (864)]; purchase, Otto Weir Heinigke Sr., New York, 1911-d. 1915; his son, Otto Weir Heinigke Jr., New York, 1915-1957; purchase, Frederick L. Leuchs, Monterey, MA, 1957-1984; Sean M. McNally, Ridgewood, N.J., private collection, New Jersey.
Exhibitions: William Vareika Fine Arts, Newport, John La Farge: An American Master (1835-1910), 14 Jul.-30 Sept. 1989, no. 38
N.B. We wish to thank Dr. James L. Yarnall for his assistance with cataloguing the lot.

Between 1880 and 1883, La Farge executed a tall, three-lancet facade window for Trinity Church, Boston. The window consists of a figure of Christ Preaching in the central lancet, with two flanking lancets of architectonic shapes in a Byzantine style. According to Dr. James L. Yarnall, the present work is a study for the side lancets, corresponding closely to the final design of the two side lancets. It was the first folio in a portfolio of drawings purchased by Otto Weir Heinigke Sr. at La Farge's estate sale in 1911.

Estimate $1,000-1,200


John La Farge, Trinity Church, Otto Weir Heinigke Sr., American Art Association, James L. Yarnall, Massachusetts, Otto Weir Heinigke Jr., Ridgewood, Monterey, Frederick L. Leuchs, Sean M. McNally, William Vareika Fine Arts, Christ Preaching