05-20-2011 05-21-2011
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2547B Boston
May 20, 2011 12:00 PMCalender

N.C. (Newell Convers) Wyeth (American, 1882-1945) "Sure, It's Professor Grid to the life!" he said admiringly

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2547B Location: Boston Date / Time: May 20, 2011 12:00PM


N.C. (Newell Convers) Wyeth (American, 1882-1945)

"Sure, It's Professor Grid to the life!" he said admiringly, 1910
Signed "N.C. W..." (underlined) u.l., identified on a label from
Scribner's Magazine affixed to the frame backing.
Oil on canvas, 36 x 28 in. (91.4 x 71.1 cm), framed.
Condition: Lined, retouch, minute paint losses at edges.

Provenance: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, New York, to 1919; Mrs. A.N. Wyeth, Needham, Massachusetts, c. 1919; gift to Alfretta Archibald Butterfield, then by descent within the family.

Literature: Dorothy Canfield, "Portrait of a Philosopher," Scribner's Magazine, vol. XLIX, no. 4 (April 1911), b&w illustration, p. 451; Douglas Allen and Douglas Allen, Jr. N.C. Wyeth, The Collected Paintings, Illustrations and Murals (New York: Crown Publishers, 1972), p. 275; Christine B. Podmaniczky, N.C. Wyeth, A Catalogue Raisonne of Paintings (London: Scala, 2008), I.323, p. 216; Brandywine River Museum, N.C. Wyeth Catalogue Raisonne, (accessed March 26, 2011), "Sure, it's Professor Grid to the life!" he said admiringly., 1910, NCW Number 663, www.ncwyeth.org.
Estimate $40,000-60,000

The lining is relatively new and is adhered with glue or resin. The retouch is primarily to a series of vertical striations running from top to bottom through the figure of the woman. There are additional scattered dashes of retouch. The surface is stable.


Wyeth, Grid, Professor, Charles Scribner, Newell Convers, Massachusetts, Needham, Sons, Archibald Butterfield, Dorothy Canfield, Douglas Allen, Douglas Allen , Jr., Christine B. Podmaniczky, London, Brandywine River Museum, www.ncwyeth.org