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.
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.