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    Newell Convers Wyeth (American, 1882-1945)
    Glory of the Seas, book dust-jacket and title page illustration, 1933
    Oil on canvas
    36 x 28 inches (91.4 x 71.1 cm)
    Signed lower right: N.C. Weyth

    Property From the Collection of the Late Mort Walker

    PROVENANCE:
    The artist;
    Mrs. N.C. Wyeth;
    Carolyn Wyeth;
    Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, Delaware.

    LITERATURE:
    A.D. Hewes, Glory of the Seas, New York, 1933, dust-jacket and title page;
    D. Allen and D. Allen, Jr., N.C. Wyeth, The Collected Paintings, Illustrations and Murals, New York, 1972, p. 206;
    C. Podmaniczky, N.C. Wyeth, A Catalogue Raisonne of Paintings, London, 2008, p. 541, no. I.1189, illustrated.

    The present work was commissioned and then reproduced as the cover image for the book by the same title, by Agnes Hewes. It is set in Boston, Massachusetts, during the 1850s.

    The novel follows the story of a young, orphaned shipping clerk in Boston, who yearns to make a name for himself by traveling to California to find gold. But, before he can follow his dreams, many other adventures distract him. The first concerns the development of the clipper ship passenger service between the East Coast and California around Cape Horn. The second concerns the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and the enforced return of escaped slaves across state boundaries.

    Wyeth incorporated both themes into one dramatic, visually contrasting image. The dark, shadowy tones in the foreground, literally and metaphorically symbolize oppression and slavery. Choppy waters push against and separate the lone figure from the triumphant clipper ship in the distance. It's crisp, white sails and prominent flag representing the wealth, power and influence of trade in the United States at the time.

    Please note that the original stretcher for the present work accompanies the lot.


    More information about Newell Convers Wyeth, also known as Wyeth, Newell Convers, Wyeth, N. C., N.C. Wyeth.

    Condition Report*: Wax lined canvas. Under UV exam, there appear to be scattered touches of inpaint throughout. Small scattered spots of hairline craquelure. Scattered spots of surface soiling.
    Framed Dimensions 41 X 33 Inches
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    November, 2021
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