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Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3338B Boston
January 23, 2020 6:00PMCalender

Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862-1951) Trout Pond, Middleboro

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3338B Location: Boston Date / Time: January 24, 2020 12:00PM


Frank Weston Benson (American, 1862-1951)

Trout Pond, Middleboro
Signed, dated, and dedicated "F.W. Benson '24..." in blue watercolor and "To Llewellyn HOWLAND '36" in pencil l.l., identified on a label from Vose Galleries of Boston, Inc., affixed to the frame backing, further inscribed by Llewellyn Howland and with a typed copy of Howland's poem Lines to F.W.B. from a prior backing now encapsulated and affixed to the frame backing.
Watercolor on paper/board, sight size 14 x 20 1/2 in. (52.0 x 35.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Pale toning, pale stains to edge at u.r. quadrant, not examined out of frame.

Provenance: A private Massachusetts collection.

N.B. In the inscription on the old backing paper, Howard Llewellyn wrote, "This painting of a trout pond in the Middleboro region of Cape Cod was given to me in 1937 by Frank Benson. In grateful recognition of this gift I wrote and sent him the following poem. Lines to F.W.B." The inscription is followed by a thirty-six-line poem extolling Benson's artistic talents, love of nature, and generosity and kindness to his friends.
Estimate $8,000-12,000

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Frank Weston Benson, F.W., Howard Llewellyn, Llewellyn Howland