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Jervis McEntee (American, 1828-1891) An October Day /The Maurice Cottage at Lake Bisby in the Adirondacks, 1888

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American & European Works of Art - 3203B
Date / Time :
January 25, 2019 10:00AM


Jervis McEntee (American, 1828-1891)

An October Day/The Maurice Cottage at Lake Bisby in the Adirondacks, 1888
Unsigned, identified on a presentation plaque and on a label from William Vareika Fine Arts, Newport, Rhode Island, affixed to the back of the frame.
Oil on panel, 9 x 12 in. (22.7 x 30.1 cm), in a period frame.
Condition: Minor retouch, fine craquelure.

Provenance: Originally by descent in the Maurice-Wilkinson family; to William Vareika Fine Arts, Ltd., Newport, Rhode Island; through to the estate of Richard Mellon Scaife, Pennsylvania. The proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit a Pennsylvania art institution.

N.B. Jervis McEntee was a prolific diarist, penning five volumes during the 1870s and 1880s. The Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, New York, holds a number of the artist's diaries, including McEntee's notes about his trip to Lake Bisby on October 10, 1888, where he described a cold, gloomy day and painting a sketch of the Maurice cottage from a boat, difficult circumstances which yielded a satisfactory painting nonetheless.

We would like to thank William Vareika, William Vareika Fine Arts, Ltd., Newport, Rhode Island, for his kind assistance cataloging this lot.
Estimate $25,000-35,000

Framed dimensions are 15 1/2 x 18 1/2 in.

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