DescriptionDAWSON DAWSON-WATSON (British-American 1864-1939)
Aster, Mullein, Bugloss, Bergamont
Oil on canvas
14-1/4 x 52-1/4 inches (36.2 x 132.7 cm)
Signed, dated and inscribed lower left: Dawson Watson 03 Woodstock
Original hand-carved and gilded frame by artist
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, 16th Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture, October 20 - December 25, 1903, no. 378 [titled Aster];
St. Louis Club, St. Louis, Missouri, Dawson Watson Exhibition, May 8-11, 1904;
The City Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, A Collection of Paintings, Engravings and Other Work by Mr. Dawson-Watson, November 12, 1912;
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Colony, October 16 - December 5, 2004, and toured: Milwaukee Art Museum, June 25 - September 19, 2004; Albany Institute of History and Art, December 28, 2004 - February 28, 2005; The New York Historical Society, March 15 - May 15, 2005; Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, June 11 - September 5, 2005
Tom Wolf, "Art at Byrdcliffe," essay in Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Colony (Ithaca, New York: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 2004), pp. 99, 181 (reproduced)
Dawson-Watson was born in London and grew up in the artists' colony in Saint John Woods. He first studied art with his father John Dawson-Watson, a painter and illustrator, and the American expatriate Mark Fisher. In 1886 he studied in Paris with Emile Carolus-Duran, Rapahel Collin and Luc Olivier-Merson, among others. There he met the American artist John Leslie Breck, who inspired him to visit Giverny in 1888. Enchanted with the village, Dawson-Watson ended up settling there for five years. At the urging of another American artist, James Carroll Beckwith, he traveled to America in 1893. After a brief stay in Boston, he moved to Hartford, Connecticut where he served for four years as director of the Hartford Art Society.
In the winter of 1897-1898, Dawson-Watson settled in Scituate, Massachusetts and renewed his association with Thomas Buford Meteyard. He served as editor, subscription collector and sales agent for the arts and crafts journal the Courier Innocent, which was produced at Meteyard's home. He made frequent summer visits to Scituate in the years ahead, and in around 1907 established a summer school of craft-making there known as the The Scituate Arts and Crafts Society. Dawson-Watson returned to England for a brief time in the late 1890s, and upon recrossing the Atlantic in 1900 decided to settle in Quebec. During his two years in Canada the artist specialized in portrait and landscape painting and associated with the American landscape painter Birge Harrison. It was Harrison who informed him about a new artists' colony being formed in Woodstock, New York, one hundred miles north of New York City. It was there, in the arts and crafts community modeled on the ideals of John Ruskin and William Morris in England, that Dawson-Dawson Watson produced this remarkable work.
Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000.
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