Childe Frederick Hassam (American, 1859-1935)
Original illustration tipped into frontispiece of Three Cities, an early
monograph of Childe Hassam's work.
Signed "Childe Hassam" in ink on the frontispiece and titled l.l.
Ink and watercolor on paper, 6 1/4 x 6 in. (15.8 x 15.2 cm), overall size of book 14 x 19 in. (35.5 x 48.3 cm).
Condition: Illustration good, original monograph rebound in hardcover, labels inscribed "The Misses Lamb," "Miss Ammie Lamb," and "Miss Rosamond Lamb" on frontispiece.
Provenance: Rosamond and Aimee Lamb, Boston, through to a Maine auction c. 1980, to the present Massachusetts collector.
N.B. This work is to be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonne of the works of Childe Hassam being compiled by Hirschl & Adler Galleries.
Three Cities was published in 1899 by R.H. Russell Company, New York. The rare oversized book contains no text, rather a collection of black and white reproductions of Hassam's urban paintings, watercolors and drawings in three sections: New York, London, and Paris.
The "Misses Lamb" refer to Boston artist Aimee Lamb and her younger sister Rosamond, both patrons and philanthropic contributors of the arts. The Lamb sisters were children at the time of the monograph's publishing, however, their aunt Rose Lamb was a good friend of Hassam's. The book was probably a gift from the artist to the aunt, and then from the aunt to her nieces.
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