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    JOHN MARTIN TRACY (American, 1844-1893)
    Field Trials in North Carolina, (Southern Field Trials: Lightfield Deuce & Prince Lucifer), (Central Field Trials), 1891
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 50 inches (76.2 x 127 cm)
    Signed lower left: J.M. Tracy

    PROVENANCE:
    Private collection.

    EXHIBITED:
    "1893 Worlds Columbian Exposition", United States Alcove 182, no. 1156 (exhibited as SOUTHERN FIELD TRIALS, 1891).

    LITERATURE:
    W.B. Conkey, Worlds Columbian Exposition, Revised Catalogue Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, p. 74.

    Ohio-born J.M. Tracy was renowned during his lifetime as a master painter of sporting scenes, dogs and horses, although during his early years as a professional artist he also painted portraits and landscapes of the American West. In 1881, possibly in response to the growing popularity of daguerreotypes, he closed his portrait studio in St. Louis and moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, to focus exclusively upon sporting subjects. The intense training in drawing from memory that Tracy had received at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris proved to be an invaluable tool once he turned to painting hunting subjects.

    Field Trials in North Carolina is one of the largest works by Tracy to emerge from a private collection in recent decades. Selected by the United States as a work to be shown at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago shortly after it was completed, Fields Trials in North Carolina shows the artist in full command of his mature style at the height of his career.




    Condition Report*: Very good condition:  wax relined canvas; minor staining in upper left corner and minor frame abrasion along left edge; under UV examination, 3 x 4", "F"-shaped region of in-painting in upper left corner; scattered minor dots of in-painting in upper left and upper right sky; scattered minor in-painting in grass of lower quadrants, including a 1" line along the lower left edge.
    *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
    November, 2009
    11th-12th Wednesday-Thursday
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