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    Description

    Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902)
    Study for Entrance into Monterey, circa 1876
    Oil on paper laid on board
    13-1/2 x 18-1/2 inches (34.3 x 47.0 cm)

    PROVENANCE:
    Esther Bascom, Waterford, Connecticut, by 1970;
    Private collection, by descent;
    Sotheby's, New York, May 21, 2003, lot 200;
    Alexander Gallery, New York;
    Private collection, Dallas;
    Heritage Auctions, Dallas, November 10, 2012, lot 76031;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.

    According to Ms. Speidel, the present work is a study for Entrance into Monterey, a large, historic painting in the collection of the U.S. House of Representatives. "Acquired in 1878 to complement Discovery of the Hudson River, [Entrance into Monterey] represents exploration of the Pacific coast, showing a Spanish expedition conducting a Catholic Mass on the shore of a luminous Monterey Bay. . . . Along with its pendant piece, Entrance into Monterey hung in the House Chamber until 1901, after which both were moved to the Member's private staircases beside the Speaker's Lobby."

    We thank Melissa Webster Speidel, President of the Bierstadt Foundation and Director of the Albert Bierstadt Catalogue Raisonné project, for her kind assistance in cataloguing this lot.




    Condition Report*: Original support is in stable condition. There are pin-holes to each of the four corners of the paper, with light abrasion to the paint layer along the left and right edges. UV examination revealed minor pin-points of inpainting to the upper right region of the ocean; otherwise in very good condition.
    *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. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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