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    Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (American, 1819-1905)
    Late Autumn, Long Lake, Hamilton Co., New York, Adirondacks, 1881
    Oil on canvas
    27 x 41 inches (68.6 x 104.1 cm)
    Signed, dated, and inscribed lower right: A.F. Tait N.A. / N.Y. 1881
    Signed, dated, titled, and inscribed on the reverse: E.C. / A.F. Tait. N.A. / N.Y. / 1881. / "Late Autumn" / View of Long Lake / Hamilton Co. / NY / Adirondacks

    The artist;
    Sale: Artists' Fund Society, The National Academy of Design, New York, February 8, 1881;
    Private collection, acquired from the above;
    By descent to the present owner.

    Artists' Fund Society, National Academy of Design, New York, February 8, 1881.

    W.H. Cadbury and H.F. Marsh, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait: Artist in the Adirondacks, Newark, Delaware, 1986, p. 254, no. 81.2.

    Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait began his artistic career training with famed English lithographers Thomas Agnew & Vittore Zanetti, where he learned to capture and perfect his pre-Raphaelite attention to detail. The young artist was introduced to the Americas through celebrated portrait artist George Caitlin. In 1850, inspired by Catlin's fascination with uniquely American subject matter, Tait moved to New York and soon became known as one of America's leading sporting artists, brilliantly memorializing the American landscape and wildlife. Tait ultimately became a household name as Currier & Ives and Prang reproduced his artwork in print for the masses. In 1858, Tait became a full member of the National Academy of Design in New York, and participated in their annual exhibitions for fifty-three years.

    In 1881, at the height of his career, Tait painted this dramatic scene of Long Lake in the Adirondacks. According to the register of his works he kept over the course of his lifetime, this work was completed on January 25th, 1881 for the Artists' Fund Society. The Artists' Fund Society was a New York charitable foundation that auctioned artwork to assist members and their families in the event of old age, illness, and/or death. This band of artists, including George Inness, Frederick Church, and Jasper Francis Cropsey, created an unlikely form of insurance and retirement - a rarity for artists at this time. Since acquiring the work at this auction in 1881, Late Autumn, Long Lake has been cherished by every generation of one family for almost 140 years.

    Heritage Auctions is thrilled to be offering Late Autumn, Long Lake as one of the largest and most extensive examples of Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait's views of the Adirondacks.

    Condition Report*: Original canvas; Craquelure throughout; Center stretcher bar line visible under raking light; Under UV exam, one, 1/4 inch fleck of in paint on the extreme center right edge.
    Framed Dimensions 37 X 51 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. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. 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. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2020
    3rd Thursday
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