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Willard LeRoy Metcalf (American, 1858-1925) Respite in the Boudoir

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American & European Works of Art - 3010B
Date / Time :
May 19, 2017 12:00PM


Willard LeRoy Metcalf (American, 1858-1925)

Respite in the Boudoir
, c. 1885, alternatively titled Portrait of a Woman in Black and White
Oil on canvas, 15 x 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm), framed.
Condition: Lined, scattered retouch.

Provenance: From the artist to William Vanderbilt Sullivant Allen, to his sister Ethel Linda V. Allen Ward, to her daughter Mildred Marlor, to James Ward Marlor, by family descent to the current owner.

Literature: Metcalf, Willard Leroy, Richard J. Boyle, Bruce W. Chambers, and William H. Gerdts, Willard Metcalf (1858-1925): Yankee Impressionist: May 8 - June 28, 2003: Essays (New York, NY: Spanierman Gallery, 2003), cat. no. 18; the painting is also referenced in De Veer, Elizabeth, and Richard J. Boyle, Sunlight and Shadow: The Life and Art of Willard L. Metcalf (New York: Abbeville Press, 1987), illustration no. 58.

Exhibitions: Willard Metcalf, Yankee Impressionist, Spanierman Gallery, New York, May 8-June 28, 2003.
Estimate $20,000-40,000

The lining is a relatively new glue or resin lining. There are scattered dashes and strokes of retouch including some around her eyes and on her lips. There is some minor fine and scattered craquelure (stable). Possible faint inscription or date l.l. The painting was cleaned on April 8, 2015 at The Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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Ethel Linda V, Mildred Marlor, William Vanderbilt Sullivant Allen, Richard J. Boyle, Elizabeth, James Ward Marlor, Linda V. Allen, Willard LeRoy Metcalf, Willard Leroy, V. Allen Ward, Bruce W. Chambers, Metcalf, Visual arts, Willard, William H. Gerdts