|Watercolor of the Confederate White House in Richmond Ten Days After Lee’s Surrender at Appomattox|
Ole Peter Hanson Balling (USA, 1823 - 1906)
A sepia watercolor wash showing Jefferson Davis' house in Richmond, "The Confederate White House". The entire measures 10 3/4 x 15 inches and is signed, "H.Balling / Richmond April 19th 1865”,lower left center. A small piece is missing about halfway up on the right not affecting the image, and leads into a professionally sealed tear that goes through the house on the right for a few inches, but is hardly noticeable. The "White House" is to the left center of the picture, and Davis' horse stalls are to the left of that on the left margin of the painting. A few people are in the foreground. This may be the earliest representation of a rare subject after the war. It was purchased at Goodspeed's about fifty years ago and has never been offered for sale.
Watercolor of a Spanish Lady
Thomas Frank Heaphy (England, 1813 - 1873)
Watercolor heightened by white gouache on paper, 10 1/2 x 8 1/8 inches. A Spanish or continental noblewoman holding a fan. Signed in pencil, "Drawn by Thos Heaphy Junior / November 38 / 87 Newman Street". Some slight browning, staims, not affecting image.
Thomas Frank Heaphy was the eldest son of British portrait painter Thomas Heaphy (1775-1835). His works can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as the National Portrait Gallery.
|EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY INDUSTRIAL PORTRAIT OF WORKERS ROLLING MOLTEN STEEL BY ARTHUR KAMPF|
Arthur Kampf (Germany, 1864 - 1950)
Oil on canvas, 19 x 31 inches, signed “A.Kampf”, lower right. In what appears to be the original frame, circa 1910.
A vibrant example of the artist’s work showing workmen rolling molten metal in a steel mill. With an old Jordan-Volpe Gallery tag.
|Still Life with Roses, Bowl, and Oriental Urn|
Milne Ramsey (USA, 1847 - 1915)
Oil on canvas; 23 x 36 inches. Signed LR and dated "87". Period frame.
|PORTRAIT OF JOHN JACOB ASTOR|
Gilbert Stuart (USA, 1755 - 1828)
Portrait, ca 1794. Oil on canvas laid down on board. 36 x 29 inches (91.4 x 73.6cm)
Mrs. Walter Astor Langdon, daughter of the sitter
Mrs. Emily Astor Kane Jay
By descent in the Astor family to the present owner
John Jacob Astor is among the most important financiers and entrepreneurs in American history- He was the first American millionaire. Born in Waldorf, Germany in 1763, Astor arrived in New York in 1784, opened a small shop and by the late 1780’s was actively trading furs. By 1800 when he had amassed a fortune of over a quarter of a million dollars, he was the acknowledged leader in the American fur trade. Around this time Astor began to trade actively in the Far East and to acquire large tracts of Manhattan real estate, which would become the bulk of the family fortune. By 1834 Astor sold all of his interests in the fur trade and focused his investments on New York real estate. When Astor died in 1848 his net worth was estimated conservatively at $20,000,000. All of his fortune - except $2,000,000 in various bequests and $400,000 to found a library that would become part of the New York Public Library – passed to his son, William Blackhouse Astor. In his day, Washington Irving lauded Astor for his benevolence and public spirit; whereas others were less complementary, and when Astor died in 1848 the New York Times wrote, “ He has exhibited at best but the ingenious powers of a self-invented money-making machine.”
Astor sat for Gilbert Stuart, the most important portrait painter in America, around 1794, a time when Astor’s fortune was growing at an extraordinary pace. This is most likely the only known portrait of Astor by Stuart. The one pictured in Lawrence Park's monograph is not Astor, recently appeared at auction and was returned by the buyer. The example at the Brook is similar to that piece and is likewise not an image of Astor
Accompanied by Dr.Richard McLanathan’s (expert on Gilbert Stuart and author of “Gilbert Stuart – Father of American Portraiture”) “Letter of Authenticity” and research, stating that the great American portraitist Gilbert Stuart accomplished this painting. Also included is an additional document authenticating this painting prepared by the late David Meschutt, the leading expert in American portraiture until his untimely death in 2005.
|Portrait of a Baby With Finger Paint|
Martha Walter (USA, 1875 - 1976)
Oil on canvas; 25 x 21 1/2 inches, signed LL. Framed and recently cleaned and conserved.
Walter studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with William Merritt Chase who became a major influence; In 1908 she won the Cresson Traveling Scholarship, and went on to study in Europe where she achieved international fame; 1930s: Exhibited frequently at Milch Galleries, PAFA (1905-1945) where she won numerous prizes, NAD (1910-1924) and many others. Began travel to North Africa, where she painted in Tunis, Tripoli, and Algiers; continued to paint well into her old age. Private Collection