Julian Alden Weir (American, 1852-1919)
Old Sentinel on the Farm, Old Lyme
Signed "J Alden Weir" in red l.r., identified on a label from the Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Julian Alden Weir (see below), and dated "1915" in the Weir Memorial Exhibition catalog entry.
Oil on canvas, 38 x 29 in. (96.5 x 73.7 cm), framed.
Condition: Lined, craquelure, minor surface grime.
Provenance: The estate of Richard Mellon Scaife, Pennsylvania. The proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit a Pennsylvania art institution.
Exhibitions: Memorial Exhibition of the Works of Julian Alden Weir, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 17-April 20, 1924, cat. no. 55, lent by John F. Braun.
Framed dimensions are 46 x 37 1/4 in.
There is a second unattributed label on the frame, with the upper left corner torn away, which also provides the size, title, and artist, and seems to be of a similar vintage to the Met label, although the type face is different from the Met label. Both of the labels seem to have been detached from an earlier pressed paperboard backing and re-mounted directly on the back of the frame.
The lining was adhered with glue or resin. Stable craquelure, more visible in the blue sky in raking light. Some broadly brushed retouch to the sky.
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