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Thomas Waterman Wood (American, 1823-1903) Pair of Portraits: Ella Luthera Dewey

Auction:
2535B
Lot:
326
Sold for:
$1,896$1,600

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Auction:
American & European Works of Art - 2535B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
January 28, 2011 12:00PM

Description:

Thomas Waterman Wood (American, 1823-1903)

Pair of Portraits: Ella Luthera Dewey and An Officer
Ella Dewey signed and dated "T.W.Wood./1883" l.l., Officer signed
"T.W. Wood." l.l.
Both oil on canvas, sizes to 30 x 25 in. (76.5 x 63.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Ella Dewey with craquelure, surface grime, Officer lined, scattered retouch.

N.B. Ella Luthera Dewey Pitkin (1850-1879) was the second daughter of Charles and Betsy Tarbox Dewey. A note that accompanies the lot explains that the portrait at hand was one of two painted after her death by T.W. Wood, one having been done for her husband and one for her father.
Estimate $3,000-5,000

Two hand-written notes of similar content accompany the lot. The more complete one describes the portrait of Ella Luthera Dewey as follows: "Ella Luthera Dewey Pitkin, second daughter of Charles and Betsy Tarbox Dewey. Born in Montpelier Oct. 29, 1850. Married to Carrol Pitkin Nov. 19, 1873, in Christ Church, Montpelier, by Rev. ...Hull. Died May 30, 1879. This portrait was made after her death by Thomas W. Wood - probably in 1879 and 1880. (One of 2 portraits - 1 painted for her husband, 1 painted for her father."

Officer with an T-shaped area of retouch to the left side of the nose and chin, measuring 1 inch across and 2 inches down. Scattered retouch along the perimeter. LIned.

Ella Dewey with area of craquelure with lifing to l.r. corner, craquelure, slight canvas deformations to upper corners, varnish discoloration and surface grime.

Keywords

Thomas Waterman Wood, Ella Dewey, Ella Luthera Dewey, Ella Luthers Dewey, Carrol Pitkin, B. Ella Luthera Dewey Pitkin, Both oil, Charles Tarbox, Ella Luthera Dewey Pitkin, Montpelier Oct., Charles Tarbox Dewey, B. Ella Luthers Dewey Pitkin, Betsy Tarbox Dewey, Christ Church, Thomas W. Wood, Dewey, Montpelier, Vermont

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