Childe Hassam (American, 1859-1935)
Rainy Day, Boston
Signed and dated "Childe Hassam/1886" l.r.
Ink and whiting on paper, sheet size 4 3/8 x 7 3/4 in. (11.2 x 19.7 cm), bound into a cloth-cover autograph book assembled by Lyman Horace Weeks, with a partial label from Frost & Adams inside the front cover.
Condition: The autograph book includes 12 original sketches in ink, pencil, and watercolor by various artists of the era, nine letters, as well as assorted signature clippings; wear to the binding, some loose pages, minor toning, some tipped-in sheets with creasing; Hassam ink drawing in good condition.
Provenance: From the collection of Lyman Horace Weeks (1851-1942), to Zaida Weeks Nightingale, to Jeanne Hemenway, to the current owner by family descent.
N.B. The Hassam drawing in this autograph book has been reviewed by Kathleen M. Burnside and will be included in the forthcoming Childe Hassam catalogue raisonné by Stuart Feld and Kathleen M. Burnside, being compiled by Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York.
This view of Columbus Avenue was favored by Childe Hassam, who painted it several times. There is a very similar work in the collection of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, an oil painting titled Columbus Avenue, Rainy Day, signed and dated 1885.
Lyman Weeks was a well-known book publisher, author of several books on leading families in politics and industry, and publisher of American Art Illustrated A Monthly Magazine (1886-87).
Twelve original drawings, including signed works by Carnig Eksergian, Telemague Eksergian, Louis K. Harlow, Seymour Haden, Lemuel Eldred, Alfred T. Ordway, Otis S. Weber, and Childe Hassam. Other sketches unsigned or signed illegibly.
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