01-28-2011 01-29-2011
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2535B Boston
January 28, 2011 12:00 PMCalender

American School, 19th Century Marine View

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2535B Location: Boston Date / Time: January 28, 2011 12:00PM


American School, 19th Century

Marine View, 1850
Signed indistinctly l.l., identified as Thomas Birch on a presentation plaque,
with a canvas stencil from W.E. Rogers, Philadelphia, on the reverse, incised "....ec. 20, 1850" on the stretcher.
Oil on canvas, 29 1/16 x 35 7/8 in. (74.0 x 91.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Skinning, retouch, patch reinforcements, craquelure.

Provenance: Cyril Joseph Bowdring, Washington, D.C., to a private collection by family descent.

N.B. The canvas stencil " W.E. Rogers, 16 ARCA...PHI..." on the reverse refers to the firm of William E. Rogers, located at 16 Arcade St W. Ave. in Philadelphia between 1846-1853. (1) The framer's label from Tracy & Newkerk, New York, references a firm known to have been located at 118 Grand Street from 1848 to 1849. (2)

1. Katlan, Alexander W., American Artists' Materials, Vol. II, Sound View Press, Madison, Connecticut, 1992, p. 428.
2. Op Cit. Vol. I, p. 247.
Estimate $1,500-2,500

There are two repairs near the upper edge of the composition. The retouch is myriad dots and dashes. These are extensive within the sky, but are throughout the entire composition. The skinning is visible throughout.


William E. Rogers, Philadelphia, American School, Thomas Birch, Cyril Joseph Bowdring, Washington, D.C., Arcade St W. Ave., Newkerk, Madison, Connecticut, Sound View Press