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    JAMES CARROLL BECKWITH (American, 1852-1917)
    Grandmother's Love Letters, circa 1895
    Oil on canvas
    50 x 34 inches (127 x 86.4 cm)
    Signed upper right: Carroll Beckwith


    American Art Galleries, New York, "Carroll Beckwith Sale," April 14-15, 1910;
    The Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.

    James T. Gibbes Memorial Museum Art Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina, "Second Annual Spring Exhibition of the Carolina Art Association," February 1906.

    American Art News, vol. 4, no. 21, New York, March 3, 1906;
    The International Studio, vol. 28, 1906, p. LIV;
    F. N. Levy, ed., American Art Directory, vol. 8, Detroit and New York, 1911, p. 235 (gift of painting to Rhode Island School of Design);
    Bulletin of the Rhode Island School of Design, vol. VI, 1917, p. 7.

    A reporter for the American Art News noted in 1906 that "J. Carroll Beckwith's delightful 'Grandmother's Love Letters,' is one of those refined and attractive figure canvases so associated with his able brush." Art historian Bruce Weber has identified the model Alice Twill as the subject of this painting (Pepi Marchetti Franchi and Bruce Weber, Intimate Revelations: The Art of Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917), Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, 2000).

    Condition Report*: Lined canvas; there appears to be no visible condition issues; under UV exam, there appears to be inpainting along edge to address frame wear as well as several scattered spots of inpainting throughout; an approx. 1 x 4 inch passage of inpainting at center right edge and an area of inpainting through the figure's chin, shoulder, and hand; however, a dirty varnish layer makes this painting difficult to read.
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