DescriptionFREDERICK JUDD WAUGH (American, 1861-1940)
Oil on canvas
24-1/2 x 50 inches (62.2 x 127 cm)
Signed lower right: WAUGH
THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST
Janentzsky & Weber, Philadelphia (label verso, possibly only source of stretchers).
Frederick Judd Waugh's relationship with the sea figured prominently in nearly every aspect of his life. Born in Bordentown, New Jersey, Waugh grew up in an artistic family, the son of a well-known Philadelphia portraitist, Samuel Waugh. Following studies with another well-known portraitist, Thomas Eakins, at the Pennsylvania Academy, he studied at the Academie Julian in Paris with Adolphe-William Bouguereau, then left Paris for England where, on the island of Sark in the English Channel, he dedicated himself to painting the sea.
When Waugh returned to the United States in 1908 and settled in Montclair Heights, New Jersey, he was without a studio until a railroad financier and president of a dry goods firm, William T. Evans, who was also an art collector, became his Maecenas. Evans provided Waugh with a studio in exchange for one painting a year. Thus began a truly prodigious level of artistic production, which Waugh sustained for the remainder of his life.
In 1918, owing to his consummate understanding of how to paint moving water, Waugh was recommended to serve as a camouflage artist for the U.S. Navy, as a member of the Design Section of its marine camouflage unit. According to a biography of Waugh, "Many large ships, including the Leviathan, were painted according to Waugh's designs. Though the enterprise was of course a team effort in which no man played a solo part, he had every reason to be proud of his record. Only one ship with his system of camouflage was lost during the war." This ambitious panorama, with its remarkable level of detail rendered at dusk, is a convincing testament to the keen powers of observation which made Waugh such a successful artist. In later years, he lived on Bailey Island, Maine and in Provincetown, Massachusetts close to the sea.
Relined canvas on original stretcher bars. Under UV examination virtually no evidence of restoration. Craquelure in a few passages but not all over surface. Paint film in fully stable, very good condition. Framed Dimensions 30 X 55.5 Inches
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