William Henry Howe (American, 1846–1929)
Repose, September Days in Normandy, alternately titled In the Meadow
Signed, inscribed, and dated "Willim [sic] H. Howe/18 Paris 89" l.r., titled, inscribed, dated, and monogrammed "-Repose-/September days/in Normandy/1888 WHH" on the reverse, with the alternate title on a presentation plaque.
Oil on canvas, 36 x 51 1/2 in. (91.5 x 131.0 cm),framed.
Condition: Paint losses, varnish inconsistencies, craquelure, surface grime.
Provenance: Property of the Saint Louis Art Museum, sold to benefit the acquisition fund.
Canvas stencil from P. Aprin, Paris, on the reverse.
Presentation plaque lists the work as presented by Daniel Catlin in 1913.
Frame dimensions are 43 5/8 x 59 1/8 in.
A series of paint losses at the lower right edge of the canvas measuring about five inches overall and 1/2 inch high at the maximum. Areas of drying cracks on the cows, the larger on the dark cow in the background measuring 7 x 3 inches, and the smaller on the back leg of the foreground cow measuring about 3 x 2 inches. Craquelure is minimal, with one vertical line on the foreground cow's muzzle.
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