Description

    WILL HICKOK LOW (American, 1853-1932)
    The Garden of Diana, circa 1906
    Oil on canvas
    20 x 26 inches (50.8 x 66.0 cm)
    Inscribed lower left: Preliminary sketch / for decoration in house of / Anthony N. Brady Albany N.Y.

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST


    When self-made Irish-born millionaire Anthony N. Brady, a pioneer of Consolidated Edison, purchased the handsome Dutch Renaissance Revival building at 411 State Street in Albany, New York, he commissioned Albany's favorite son, painter Will Low, to decorate the four walls of his Music Room. Thought by many to be the most beautiful room in Albany, Brady's Music Room is dominated by English Georgian features, a soaring domed skylight, and four lunette wall murals executed in by Low in 1906. The murals depict allegories entitled Time of Henri II (east wall), Garden Fete (west wall), Chateau d'Anet (north wall), and Garden of Diana (south wall).

    The present work is the surviving full-color study for the Garden of Diana mural. The murals were recently painstakingly restored by specialists from the Cooperstown Art Conservatory Program, affiliated with the State University of New York at Buffalo. The residence is now home to The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government.


    Condition Report*:

    Canvas is not lined; stretcher crease along top edge; canvas loose on stretcher; canvas loss in all four corners with weakened/abraided extreme edges; surface grime; vestige of old label or adhesive in lower left corner; dime-size dent in golden brown negative space in upper left quadrant; golden brown negative space in upper right quadrant abraided with flecks of paint loss; under UV exam, there appears to be scattered dots of possible minor cosmetic inpainting/strengthening in various intricacies of narrative.

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