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    FRANCIS DAVIS MILLET (American, 1846-1912)
    Palms, Capri, 1874
    Oil on canvas laid on board
    12 x 7 inches (30.5 x 17.8 cm)

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    PROVENANCE:
    Estate of the artist, 1914;
    Richard York Gallery, New York.

    LITERATURE:
    New York, American Art Association, The Work of an American Artist: Finished Paintings, Drawings and Studies Left by the Late Francis David Millet, N.A., March 6, 1914;
    G. M. D'Angelo, "Francis Davis Millet--The Early Years of 'A Cosmopolitan Yankee'," PhD diss., City University of New York, vol. I, 2004, pp. 88-90, ill. as Fig. 2.34.

    NOTE:
    Since the time the printed catalogue for this sale went to press, Millet scholar, Dr.Gina M. D'Angelo, kindly shared with Heritage some vital information on this painting and where it fits into the artist's oeuvre. She notes: "By May 1874, Millet had established himself on the island of Capri, where he remained for the summer, with occasional forays to Naples and the mainland...The springtime beauty of the island refreshed his spirits:
    'You have no idea how beautiful Capri is in the spring. All the leaves are now out and the sun is very warm, while there is always a cool breeze from the sea. From my rook I can see almost to Sicily and the Bay of Naples is under my feet, for I am almost up in the clouds. It is a great relief to be here after the noisy disagreeable cities [Antwerp and Rome] and I don't wonder that so many artists live here always.'"



    Condition Report*: Minor frame abrasions visible along lower left extreme edge; under UV exam, there appears to be minor inpainting in upper left and upper right corners along top extreme edge. Framed Dimensions 19.25 X 14.25 Inches
    *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.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    10th Saturday
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