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    EMMA W. FULLERTON (American, 1879-1882)
    Indian Ayah with Sleeping Children, 1879
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 20 inches (61.0 x 50.8 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: E.W. Fullerton 1879.

    PROVENANCE:
    Possibly Sloan's Auctioneers and Appraisers, Washington, D.C. (listed in 27 October 2000 sale catalogue as 'Woman with Sleeping Infant')

    The specific details of this endearing portrayal of the Indian ayah caring for sleeping children suggests Fullerton visited India before 1879 and drew inspiration from life. Wearing the traditional red sari with flecks of gold thread throughout, the ayah is further decorated with a number of gold bangles, earrings and nose ring. The painting was completed a few years before Edwin Lord Weeks (1849-1903) first traveled to India in 1883 sparking widespread American interest in Orientalist subjects.


    Condition Report*: Re-lined canvase with inpainting in upper left, upper right, and lower left corners. Strengthening to head of child and the side of jug in lower right quadrant. This piece is framed with an Eli Wilner replica of an American frame, circa 1880.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2009
    10th-11th Wednesday-Thursday
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