James Humbert Craig, R.H.A, R.U.A. (Irish, 1877-1944)
Gholla Bristha in the Rosses, Donegal
Signed "J.H. CRAIG" l.l., identified on a label from Combridge's Fine Art Galleries,
Dublin, Ireland, and with labels from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and John Magee, Belfast, Ireland, affixed to the stretchers.
Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in. (45.7 x 61.0 cm), framed (under glass).
Condition: Minor craquelure.
Provenance: Collection of Henry L. Shattuck, c. 1938; by descent in the family of the current owner; a North Shore, Massachusetts, estate.
The present work is one of several Irish paintings collected by notable businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist Henry Lee Shattuck (1879-1971). Among his works were Paul Henry's The Bog at Evening, 1922-3, and Mountain Village, 1926-9, currently in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as Paul Henry's A Bog Near Dingle, Co., Kerry, c. 1928-1930, sold at Skinner Inc. Shattuck was a New Englander of part Irish descent, and supported Irish cultural exchange through his activities with the Charitable Irish Society of Boston. (1) He was also a treasurer and senior fellow of the board of Harvard University from 1929 to 1952, a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1920 to 1930, and from 1943 to 1948, and a member of the Boston City Council from 1933 to 1938. (2) Today, he is perhaps best remembered as both the namesake of a public service award that honors employees of the City of Boston, and for his 300-acre woodland bequest in Medfield to the Trustees of Reservations.
1. "Henry Lee Shattuck," Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Third Series, Vol. 83 (1971), p. 170.
2. Ibid., 168.
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