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Alexander Nasmyth (Scottish, 1758-1840) Mountainscape with River

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Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2779BLocation: BostonDate / Time: January 23, 2015 4:00PM


Alexander Nasmyth (Scottish, 1758-1840)

Mountainscape with River
Unsigned, identified on a partial gummed label affixed to stretcher, artist
information including reference to 1927 purchase by P. St. John Langton, London, affixed to stretcher, inscribed "FABER" on stretcher.
Oil on canvas, 27 x 35 in. (68.5 x 88.9 cm),framed.
Condition: Retouch, craquelure, scattered losses.

Provenance: Purchased by P. St. John Langton, London, in 1927; through to Richard B. Faber; purchased from the above at the Kent Show in Connecticut in 1973; from the buyer to the current owner.

N.B. The sale of this lot will benefit the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Estimate $1,500-2,500


With a label on the stretcher from James Bourlet & Son, 17 & 18 Nassau Street/Mortimer Street (London) on the stretcher.

LIned with an old glue lining. Dots of retouch primarily to sky, perhaps about a dozen or so in all, the largest two measuring 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 inches in diameter, with a few minor dots in the lower landscape. Paint losses at top center edge, also a loss measuring 1/8 inch diameter located to the left of the tallest peak in the u.r. quadrant. Fine, stable craquelure in the sky and with a stretcher bar mark along the top edge of the canvas. More small paint losses along the lower edge, the largest measuring 3/16 inch, with some shrinking of the pigment surface along that bottom edge.

Possible scattered spots of mold on the reverse.

The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.


London, P. St. John Langton, Richard B. Faber, Alexander Nasmyth, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Worcester Art Museum