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    CHARLES ADAMS PLATT (American, 1861-1933)
    Laundry Day, 1884
    Oil on panel
    8 x 4-3/4 inches (20.3 x 12.1 cm)
    Initialed lower left: C.A.P.

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    EXHIBITED:
    Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, "Shaping an American Landscape: The Art & Architecture of Charles A. Platt," March 25-May 28, 1995;
    [The above exhibition also traveled to] The Octagon House, Washington, D.C., June 19-September 19, 1995;
    William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, Connecticut, October 31-December 22, 1995.

    Charles Adams Platt's future direction as one of the most influential garden designers, landscape architects, and architects of the "American Renaissance" movement can perhaps be glimpsed in this beautifully-composed painting of laundresses washing their clothes outdoors. Painted when he was 23 and studying in Paris at the Academie Julian with Gustave Boulanger and Jules Lefebvre, the work emphasizes the kind of structural harmony that characterizes both his architecture and his oil paintings. In his residential garden and landscape designs, which perfectly complemented his architecture, Platt eschewed the concept of houses set in lawns with shaped beds of annuals, swept drives and clumps of trees in favor of settings of gravel-lined forecourts, planted terracing, formal stairs and water features, herbaceous borders and pergolas that he helped to popularize during the early 20th century.

    Some of Platt's most visible public commissions include the Italianate palazzo he designed for the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art (1918) in Washington, D.C. and the campuses of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1822 and 1927), and Connecticut College, Deerfield. Platt was a member of the group that gravitated to the Cornish Art Colony, which formed around Augustus Saint-Gaudens (an artist whose work Graham Williford collected in depth) in Cornish, New Hampshire.


    Condition Report*: Minor frame wear along extreme edges; under UV exam, scattered tiny pinpoints of inpainting in sky, minor spot in ochre hillside above figures, and a couple small dots of possible overpaint/strengthening in grass below figures. Framed Dimensions 13.25 X 10 Inches
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