Lucy Douglass, (Massachusetts, c. 1810)
The Royal Psalmist. Signed and titled in ink in the lower margin. Watercolor on paper, 17 3/4 x 25 1/2 in., in a period molded giltwood frame. Condition: Repaired tears, not examined out of frame.
Provenance: Retains two paper label from the American Folk Art Gallery, New York, one dated 1947, the other undated.
Exhibitions: There are two paper labels retained on the reverse, one indicating the painting was loaned to the Museum of Modern Art for the Exhibition of American Art 1609-1938, in Paris, 1938; the other a partial label from the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, February 1934; Downtown Gallery, New York, Fifty American Watercolors, February, 1938,
Americans at Home, October 1938, Artists Look at Music, January 1941, (#17), Amateur Art, September , 1952, and American Roots, September to October, 1962; Arts Club of Chicago Four Centuries, November, 1943; Mount Holyoke College, November, 1950; University of Minnesota, January, 1952; Eden Hill House, Newtown, Connecticut, June 1952, and June 1957; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., The Edith Gregor Halpert Collection, January, 1960; The Jewish Museum, New York, Biblical Themes in American Folk Art, April 20 to June 15, 1954; Neiman Marcus, American Fortnight, November 16-28, 1961; Museum of Early American Folk Art, New York, April 1964, and November, 1966; Monmouth Museum, New Jersey, Masterpieces of American Folk Art, September--November, 1975.
Literature: Cover illustration, Artists Look at Music, (Chicago Daily News, 1943); American Primitive Painting, by Jean Lipman (Oxford University Press, 1942); The Jewish Museum, New York catalog Biblical Themes, April, 1964.
Note: A note on the reverse indicates the painting was cleaned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Repaired tears upper center, about 4 1/2, c.r. about 4 in. through chair and woman's arm, l.l about 2 1/2 in from bottom edge, possibly others but hard to detect from the front, and several small approx. 1/2 in. repaired edge tears. Has conservation framing, unkown if work is laid down.
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