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John Ward Dunsmore (American, 1856-1945) A Plea for Mercy

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3029B
Lot:
276
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Auction:
American & European Works of Art - 3029B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
September 27, 2017 4:00PM

Description:

John Ward Dunsmore (American, 1856-1945)

A Plea for Mercy
. Signed "John Ward Dunsmore" l.r., inscribed on the reverse "Frontispiece for/Smollet's - Roderick Random - Vol. 1." Oil on canvas, 14 x 24 in., framed. Condition: Lined, scattered minor retouch, fine craquelure, small paint loss l.c.

N.B. Despite the inscription on the reverse of this painting, the scene depicted does not correspond with any of the illustrations Dunsmore provided for a 1902 edition of Tobias Smollet's novel The Adventures of Roderick Random. It seems more likely that this work is set during the American Revolution, a subject Dunsmore researched extensively and painted frequently.
Estimate $300-500

Framed dimensions: 17 x 26 3/4 in.


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

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John Ward Dunsmore, Tobias Smollet, Roderick Random, Craquelure, Dunsmore

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