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    ROBERT WILLIAM VONNOH (American, 1858-1933)
    At the Helm (Edward Dale Toland), circa 1926
    Oil on canvas
    41-1/2 x 33-1/2 inches (105.4 x 85.1 cm)
    Signed lower left: Vonnoh

    PROVENANCE:
    Sale: Phillips, Son and Neale, New York, January 27, 1983, lot 106;
    Walter Knestrick, Nashville, Tennessee;
    Sale: Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers, Saint Louis, Missouri, June 25, 2005, lot 220;
    Sale: Leland Little Auctions, Hillsborough, North Carolina, September 19, 2009, lot 151;
    Private collection, New York, acquired from the above.

    EXHIBITED:
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, "One-Hundred and Twenty-Second Annual Exhibition," 1927, no. 46.

    A native of Philadelphia, where artist Robert Vonnoh spent much of his career, Edward "Ned" Dale Toland (1886-1964) was a distinguished soldier, civic leader, sportsman, and longtime professor at the elite St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire. Toland studied as a boy at St. Paul's before graduating from Princeton University in 1908. He then worked for a gas company in Philadelphia and for a small business in Kentucky before volunteering in 1914 as a stretcher-bearer in the French Army and, after the outbreak of WW I in 1917, as a commander of the 64th U.S. Infantry, stationed in France. Toland's illustrious tenure at St. Paul's began following the War; here, he first taught French for ten years and then history, acting as department chairman until his retirement in 1945. Interested in local politics, Toland served as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1924-26, as state chairman of the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment from 1931-33, and as state commander of the American Veterans Association. In the present work, Vonnoh shows Toland engaged in sailing, one of his favorite pastimes.



    Condition Report*: Wax-lined canvas; there appears to be light craquelure throughout; the extreme right edge is slightly abraded due to frame wear.  Under UV exam, there appears to be inpainting near the bottom edge with five nickel-sized spots that fluoresce, as well as an area in the figure's shoulder measuring approx. five inches diagonally, and one small spot at the center right edge.  There are some very soft and minor hairline surface scratches in the steering wheel; otherwise, the painting appears to be in good condition. Framed Dimensions 53.75 X 44.75 Inches
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