Iconic Scenes

Newyork City paint­ings, book cov­ers and il­lus­tra­tions, as well as other prime sub­jects avail­able in Bon­hams’ Novem­ber 19 sale

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New York City paint­ings, book cov­ers and il­lus­tra­tions, as well as other prime sub­jects avail­able in Bon­hams’ Novem­ber 19 sale

Novem­ber 19, 2 p.m.

Bon­hams 580 Madi­son Av­enue New York, NY 10022 t: (212) 644-9001 www.bon­hams.com

Two of the most sig­nif­i­cant lots com­ing to market in Bon­hams’ Novem­ber 19 Amer­i­can Art auc­tion are from the same pri­vate col­lec­tion in Chicago.they are both strik­ing Newyork City scenes that are in­dica­tive of what their re­spec­tive artists were cre­at­ing at the time.the first is Theodore Earl But­ler’s 1918 paint­ing Flag Day (est. $500/700,000), and the sec­ond is Guy Car­leton Wig­gins’ Wall Street in Win­ter, which has an es­ti­mate of $100,000 to $150,000.

In dis­cussing the for­mer paint­ing, Jen­nifer Ja­cob­sen, the auc­tion house’s di­rec­tor of Amer­i­can art, says,“the tim­ing of the piece is in­cred­i­ble here be­cause we’re cel­e­brat­ing the 100th

an­niver­sary of Ar­mistice of World

War I and the 100th an­niver­sary of the paint­ing. It was done in Oc­to­ber 1918 and is of one of the mas­sive pa­rades along Fifth Av­enue, the Fourth Lib­erty Loan pa­rade that was led by Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son.we can pin­point ex­actly where it was.”

But­ler’s work pri­mar­ily fo­cuses on the flags of the al­lies in­ter­spersed with the red Lib­erty Loan ban­ners and St. Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral is in the back­ground.“in ad­di­tion to the pa­tri­otic theme, we’re see­ing a mo­ment in mod­ern city life of that day,” says Ja­cob­sen.“he de­picts au­to­mo­biles, which touches on the theme of man and ma­chine, and the com­men­tary of mod­ern­iza­tion of the time.”

The Wig­gins is a large-scale ex­am­ple of one of his rec­og­nized Newyork

City snow scenes.“we see Fed­eral Hall and the monument to Wash­ing­ton at right, on the steps where he was sworn in as the first pres­i­dent, and Trin­ity Church, at cen­ter in the back­ground,” Ja­cob­sen de­scribes.“as is seen in Wig­gins’ best work, there are nu­mer­ous Amer­i­can flags. It has the qual­ity of what col­lec­tors are look­ing for in the artist’s work.”

Painter Thomas Hill was most widely known for his paint­ings of Yosemite Val­ley and other ar­eas in the West. In the Bon­hams sale, a rare 1872 work, Hud­son River Val­ley from Catskill Moun­tain House will cross the block. The piece, mea­sur­ing 5 feet across, comes from the es­tate of John H. Gar­zoli, who was one of the fore­most deal­ers of Hill’s work. It is ex­pected to sell be­tween $100,000 and $150,000.

“[Hill] was con­nected to the Hud­son River School painters mainly through his work he did of the White Moun­tains in New Hamp­shire, so this sub­ject is rare for the artist,” Ja­cob­sen elab­o­rates. “It was very pop­u­lar among the Hud­son River School painters; it’s a view­point from Catskill Moun­tain House known for its panoramic views. No­table artists Thomas Cole, San­ford Gif­ford and Jasper Francis Cropsey all trav­eled to Moun­tain House to paint these views.” An­other work with strong provenance is N.c.wyeth’s illustration Leg­ends of Charle­magne (est. $300/500,000), which comes from the fam­ily of its orig­i­nal owner James Boyd, a writer and friend of the artist.the work was made as the front cover for the

1923 re­pub­li­ca­tion of Thomas Bulfinch’s tale. “This clas­sic piece

of lit­er­a­ture fuses mythol­ogy and with the his­tor­i­cal fig­ure of Charle­magne, or Charles I, the leg­endary Euro­pean ruler of the Mid­dle Ages,” says Ja­cob­sen. “In the present work, we see a heroic strug­gle with a dragon.the fan­tas­tic vi­brancy of color and dra­matic com­po­si­tion are char­ac­ter­is­tic of Wyeth’s best il­lus­tra­tions.”

Con­nie and Sheep­herder, a 1922 illustration by Frank Earle Schoonover, is an­other note­wor­thy lot.“it was used twice in terms of what il­lus­tra­tions are made for,” Ja­cob­sen shares.“it was used first as an illustration for a short story pub­lished in the De­cem­ber 1922 is­sue of The Amer­i­can Boy mag­a­zine as well as in the 1923 pub­li­ca­tion of Con­nie Mor­gan in Cat­tle Coun­try.the pro­tag­o­nist

Con­nie Mor­gan was featured in a series of ad­ven­ture sto­ries by James B. Hendryx, where Con­nie’s rugged trav­els took him through­out the fron­tiers of the Amer­i­can West and north­west.”

Ja­cob­sen con­tin­ues,“it’s in­ter­est­ing be­cause Schoonover had first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence ad­ven­tur­ing. He went 1,200 miles through Canada and Alaska by dogsled, snow­shoe and ca­noe.” His ad­ven­tures, she adds, may have aided in mul­ti­ple Con­nie Mor­gan il­lus­tra­tions. The piece has a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $20,000 to $30,000.

Other high­lights from the Amer­i­can art sale in­clude a col­lec­tion of African-amer­i­can paint­ings from a North­ern Cal­i­for­nia col­lec­tion, such as Hughie Lee-smith’s Girl in Laven­der (est. $20/30,000); an Isles of Shoals wa­ter­color by Childe Has­sam (est. $60/80,000); An­drew Wyeth’s wa­ter­color Stair Win­dow (est. $50/70,000); and Richard E. Miller’s Sum­mer Land­scape with Farm Build­ing (est. $50/70,000).

Theodore Earl But­ler (1861-1936), Flag Day, 1918. Oil on can­vas, 39½ x 31½ in., signed and dated lower left: ‘T.E. But­ler / Oct. 1918’; signed verso. Es­ti­mate: $500/700,000

Hughie Lee-smith (1915-1999), Girl in Laven­der, 1988. Oil on linen, 20 x 12 in., signed lower left: ‘H. Lee-smith’.Es­ti­mate: $20/30,000

Guy Car­leton Wig­gins (1883-1962), Wall Street in Win­ter. Oil on can­vas, 25 x 30 in., signed lower right: ‘Guy Wig­gins’; signed and in­scribed with ti­tle verso. Es­ti­mate: $100/150,000

N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), Leg­ends of Charle­magne, cover illustration, 1923-24. Oil on can­vas, 24 x 25½ in., ini­tialed lower right: ‘W’. Es­ti­mate: $300/500,000

Thomas Hill (1829-1908), Hud­son River Val­ley from Catskill Moun­tain House, 1872. Oil on can­vas, 36 x 60 in., signed and dated lower left: ‘T. Hill 1872’. Es­ti­mate: $150/250,000

Frank Earle Schoonover (1877-1972), Con­nie and Sheep­herder, 1922. Oil on can­vas, 32¼ x 38 in., signed lower right: ‘F.E. Schoonover’; dated and num­bered on stretcher: ‘(Oct)-|22| 1180’. Es­ti­mate: $20/30,000

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