William Henry Bartlett (English 1809-1854) - The Amphitheatre, Verona, Italy. Circa 1835-38. Sepia watercolor on paper, 4 7/8 x 7 5/16 inches. Excellent condition, framed. Rare, original William Henry Bartlett watercolor which was the preliminary, drawn from nature work that was later engaved on steel. Provenance: Robert R. Porter, Classical scholar and former professor at Princeton and Yale, as well as an Oxford Rhodes scholar.
Harry Fenn (American 1837-1911) - Aquatic Gardening, As it was in the Beginning, 1895. Pen, ink and wash with gouache highlights, 7 x 12 inches. Signed lower left: H. Fenn, 95. Pristine original condition. Original Century Co. label verso with title in the artist's hand. Various other stamps, numbers and notations verso.
Gordon Hope Grant (American 1875-1962) - The Swordfisherman, Circa 1920's. Watercolor on paper, 14 x 20 inches. Signed lower right: Gordon Grant. Excellent condition, framed. Early Grand Central Art Galleries, New York label verso from their first address on Vanderbilt Avenue. A rare, early masterfully executed watercolor by Gordon Grant painted in the Atlantic off the Massachusetts, circa 1920's. At age 13, he was sent to school in Scotland, leaving San Fancisco on the four-month sail around Cape Horn, which remained a permanent influence on his career. He studied art at the Heatherly Art school and then at the Lambeth School of Art in London. In 1895, he became a staff artist for the San Francisco Examiner. The next year, he took the same type of job for the New York World and covered the Boer War for Harper's Weekly. He also worked for Puck magazine for eight years and did illustration for children's and adult books. In addition to painting in both oils and watercolor, Grant was a master lithographer and etcher. The present work has been in storage since 1989.
Donald Morris Kirkpatrick (American 1887-1966) - Figures on the Beach, Barbados. Watercolor on paper, mtd. on board, 13 x 17.50 inches (image size). Signed lower right: D.M. Kirkpatrick. Excellent original condition, titled on the verso in the artist's hand. Provenance: Descended in the family of the artist. One of many works by the artist in stock, including, oils, watercolors, drawings and etchings.
Jervis McEntee (American 1828-1891) - Lake George, Sept., 1863. Pencil on paper, 7.50 x 9 5/8 inches. Inscribed lower left: Lake George/Sept. - 63. Excellent condition, framed. On August 28th, 1863, Sanford Robinson Gifford wrote from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. to Jervis McEntee at his home in Rondout inviting him to go on a sketching expedition, along with Richard William Hubbard and Worthington Whittredge. In September, 1863 the group traveled to Lake George, Lake Champlain, Lake Placid and Mount Whiteface. This rare drawing of Lake George by McEntee might be the only known pencil drawing by McEntee from the trip to Lake George.
George Henry Smillie (American 1840-1921) - The Adirondack Mountains and Boquet River, Elizabethtown, New York 1868. Watercolor on paper, mtd. on board, 7.75 x 14.75 inches. Signed lower left: Geo. H. Smillie, Sep. 1868/Elizabethtown. Original condition, unframed. A masterwork on paper by Smillie, from the artist's finest period.
Charles Volkmar (American 1841-1914) - Rainbow Trout, (Probably Edison), New Jersey. Oil on heavy paper, 12 x 18 inches (image size). Signed lower right: Chas. Volkmar. Pristine condition. Charles Volkmar was a painter and an etcher as well as an important craftsman whose family's involvement in the development of the ceramics industry in northeastern America played an important role in the Aesthetic movement. Charles, born in Baltimore worked most of his adult life in New Jersey. His brothers Carl and Leon, as well as his father Charles Volkmar, Sr., were all involved in artistic pursuits, and it was obviously that young Charles would follow in the same tradition. Charles would travel to Europe at the beginning of the Civil War, joining countless other young American artists in Paris, studying landscape painting under Henri Harpignies, as well as the work of Jean-Francois Millet and Charles Emile Jacque. His work included landscape painting as well as painting pottery and tiles in France, after which he returned to the United States and went into the ceramics business. Volkmar Pottery and the tiles and ceramics they produced. It is believed Charles may have also been involved in the stained-glass industry for a period as well. Rainbow Trout, Edison, New Jersey is a masterpiece by Volkmar painted in the Aesthetic tradition. The influence of Japanese painting is clearly evident in both subject and composition. A group of four rainbow trout have come to the surface of the transparent water as the fish on the far right appears to have found an insect which has captured the attention of the other three. Volkmar had often painted ducks by a lake in Edison, but this work depicting fish is quite possibly unique.