DescriptionWALTER KING STONE (American, 1875-1949)
Rocky Cliffs over Valley
Oil on canvas
24-1/2 x 29-1/2 inches (62.2 x 74.9 cm)
Signed lower right: Walter King Stone
Private collection, Virginia;
Estate of the above.
From the early 1900s until 1920, when he began a twenty-three-year tenure as Professor of Fine Arts at Cornell University, Walter Stone King had an active career as an illustrator and writer. He won widespread recognition for his nature illustrations, which appeared in books as well as the major national magazines including Scribner's, Century, Colliers', Outing Country Life in America, St. Nicholas, and The Country Gentleman. His favorite medium as an illustrator was flat watercolor wash combined with charcoal drawing. During his years at Cornell, however, his work went through a shift as he began painting in oil, exploiting not only the vivid color the medium afforded but also the varieties of texture it was able to achieve. In this dramatic view of the plains below a towering rocky cliff, Stone seems to have adopted the vantage point of one of the birds of prey he often illustrated. Like Maxfield Parrish and other successful illustrators who were sophisticated colorists, Stone rendered the shadows in this scene with a searing blue, which creates a forceful optical dazzle against the golden cliffs. Stone was a friend and favorite painter of the poet Robert Frost.
Original unlined canvas. Faint craquelure throughout, most visible in lower left quadrant; the surface appears dirty due to a dirty and streaky varnish layer; a few minor abrasions, one most notable at the lower left extreme edge in which there is some paint loss; under UV exam, there appears to be inpainting within the shadow of the canyon at the lower left of composition, as well as several streaks through the rocks in the upper right that fluoresce; otherwise, no visible condition issues. Framed Dimensions 29.5 X 34.5 Inches
*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. 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.
Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Requires 3rd Party Shipping (view shipping information)
Sales Tax information | Terms and Conditions
Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments
Glossary of Terms
Buyer's Premium per Lot:
25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.
Opens about 01/02/2018
- Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
- Bid online
- Free Collector newsletter
- Want List with instant e-mail notifications
- Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
- Cash Advances
- More Bidders
- Trusted Experts
- Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
Learn about consigning with us
You have done a terrific job! I am so pleased. Thank you for your professionalism, it's been a complete pleasure dealing with you.View More Testimonials
HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)