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Frederick Oakes Sylvester (American, 1869-1915) The Light that Makes the Heart Glad

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Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3072BLocation: BostonDate / Time: January 26, 2018 10:00AM


Frederick Oakes Sylvester (American, 1869-1915)

The Light that Makes the Heart Glad
Signed and dated "F.O. Sylvester/1910" l.l., identified on a brass plaque on the reverse of the frame.
Oil on canvas, 80 x 54 in. (203.2 x 137.2 cm),in a period frame.
Condition: Lined, minor surface grime.

Exhibitions: Sixteenth Annual Exhibition of the Society of Western Artists at The City Art Museum St. Louis, 1912, entry 139.

Provenance: Property of the Saint Louis Art Museum, sold to benefit the acquisition fund.
Estimate $15,000-25,000

The brass plaque is inscribed "THE LIGHT THAT MAKES THE HEART GLAD/ By F.O. SYLVESTER/Presented by the artist 1913"

The canvas is lined and stretched onto a modern conservation stretcher. Minor dots of retouch to the sky in the center and also in the foreground water and bank on the left side, with a bit more possible retouch on the foreground tree trunk. However, the pale fluorescence in the tree trunk might only be the reflection of the dark brown pigment.

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Frederick Oakes Sylvester, St. Louis