William Aiken Walker (American, 1838-1921)
Sharecroppers in the Cotton Field
Signed "WAWalker" l.l.
Oil on panel, 9 1/4 x 12 1/8 in. (23.5 x 30.8 cm), framed.
Condition: Retouch, subtle bowing, minor lifting, craquelure.
Provenance: Acquired by Samuel Curtis Wilcox (1811-1886), Berlin, Connecticut; by family descent to the present owners. Wilcox founded the first American tinware factory under the name Carpenter, Lamb & Wilcox, and traded extensively in the Southern states. (1) Wilcox also served as President of the Berlin Iron Bridge Company from 1871 until his death.
(1) Cutter, William Richard, ed., New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913, pp. 1657-58.
N.B. We wish to thank John Fowler for his assistance with cataloguing the lot, and the work will be included in his forthcoming William Aiken Walker catalogue raisonne.