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Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862-1951) Yellowlegs

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American & European Works of Art - 2655B
Date / Time :
May 17, 2013 12:00PM


Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862-1951)

Signed and dated "F.W. Benson '2..." l.r.
Watercolor on paper, 14 1/4 x 19 3/4 in. (36.3 x 50.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Mat burn, gently toned, minor foxing, hinged to back mat in two places on the reverse.

Provenance: Commissioned from the artist by Quincy Adams Shaw, then by family descent to the current owner.

N.B. Quincy Adams Shaw was a patron and personal friend of Frank Benson. It is believed that this work was done in the marshes in Eastham, Massachusetts, near Nauset Light Beach. The date on the front appears to be either '25 or '26. While in the midst of a respected career as an oil painter, Benson began painting seriously in watercolor in the early 1920s, perhaps inspired by the works of Winslow Homer. Yellowlegs shorebirds were favored subjects for the artist's well-loved sporting etchings.
Estimate $22,000-28,000

Provenance inscribed on a fragment of old backing paper now affixed to the foamcore backing board: "Given to M.R.C.S. by Q.A.S. Senior/in the late 1950s/ to Nicholas T. Rhinelander/from/M.R.C.S."

Tiny paper loss (1/16 to 1/8 in. high x 1/2 in. across) at center lower edge of sheet. Pinpoint fox mark to l.l. quadrant. with other minor foxing at u.c. edge of sheet. Mat burn around all four sides, paper tape hinged to mat, heavy wove paper, slight acid burn verso, no additional condition issues to report.

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Frank Weston Benson, Quincy Adams Shaw, B. Quincy Adams Shaw, Massachusetts, Eastham, Nauset Light Beach, oil, Winslow Homer, oil painter, Nicholas T. Rhinelander, Q.A.S.