Eric L. (Frederic) Pape (American, 1870-1938) Craftsmen Entertained and Frightened Each Other with Stories
- American & European Works of Art - 2609B
- Date / Time :
- September 07, 2012 12:00PM
Eric L. (Frederic) Pape (American, 1870-1938)
Craftsmen Entertained and Frightened Each Other with Stories, 1898
Signed and dated "Eric Pape 98" l.r., identified on a presentation plaque and a
label affixed to the backing, stamped "THE ESTATE OF/Eric Pape/1870-1938" on the backing.
Oil and crayon on paper, sight size 18 1/4 x 28 in. (46.4 x 71.1 cm), framed.
Condition: Not examined out of frame.
Literature: Lew Wallace, The Fair God: A Tale of the Conquest of Mexico (Houghton Mifflin, 1898), pp. 319-20 (illus.).
N.B. The present work depicts the following scene in The Fair God: "In the tianguez, merchants bargaining paused to interchange opinions about them; craftsmen in the shops entertained and frightened each other with stories of their marvelous strength and ferocity; porters, bending under burdens, speculated on their character and mission; and never a waterman passed an acquaintance on the lake, without lingering awhile to ask or give the latest news from the Holy City, which, with the best grace it could, still entertained its scourgers."
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