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    JULIA MCENTEE DILLON (American, 1834-1919)
    Watermelons, 1893
    Oil on canvas
    18 x 30 inches (45.7 x 76.2 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: J. Dillon '93

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    PROVENANCE:
    Young Fine Arts Gallery, North Berwick, Maine, November 27, 1993, lot 108;
    Richard York Gallery, New York (label verso).

    Julia McEntee Dillon was an accomplished painter of floral still lifes. A first cousin of the well-known Hudson River school landscape painter Jervis McEntee, she was born in Kingston, New York, and spent her childhood in the Hudson River valley town of Rondout. She married John Dillon in 1866, but she spent the better part of her life a childless widow following her husband's untimely death in 1873. A turning point in her career came in July 1872 when she sailed to Europe for the first of many trips. In Paris she studied with the French still-life artist Georges Jeannin and the English genre painter Harry Thompson, and while abroad exhibited her work at both the National Academy of Design in New York City and the Brooklyn Art Association. When she returned to the United States in the early 1880s, she settled in New York and shared a studio with Jervis McEntee in the Tenth Street Studio Building. She cast her net farther afield by exhibiting at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and the Boston Art Club. She joined the New York Water Color Society in the 1880s. In 1893, the year she painted this marvelous watermelon, she moved back to Kingston, where she painted, became active in civic affairs, and cultivated her garden. She lived in the Masten House, which is one of the city's oldest houses. While continuing to paint, Julia Dillon remained a lifelong partner in the successful family business, McEntee and Dillon Rondout Foundry and Machine Shop, using the funds it generated to supplement the income she derived from painting.


    Condition Report*: Original unlined canvas. One canvas patch on verso. Paint film in very good stable condition. Very minor light craquelure commensurate with age, stretcher bar crease along upper margin, under UV examination only a few minor areas of restoration fluoresce. These include two patches of strengthening (1 inch long) on upper rind of watermelon, a couple patches in the watermelon  flesh in the largest piece of fruit, and in the shadow in the right corner. There is a modest area of very fine inpaint in the dark background at extreme left side.   Framed Dimensions 22.5 X 34.5 Inches
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    May, 2012
    15th Tuesday
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