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    WILLIAM ROBINSON LEIGH (American 1866-1955)
    Blind Hopi Girl Returning from a Desert Watering Hole, September 1915
    Oil on canvas
    11 x 15-1/2 inches (27.9 x 39.4 cm)
    Signed lower left: W.R. Leigh
    Signed, titled and dated on reverse: First Mesa Arizona/Sept 1915/W. R. Leigh/A blind hopi girl returning from a desert watering hoal [sic]/The original sketch, from which a picture has been painted.

    Provenance:
    Dr. H.G. Tonkin of Williamsport, MD, gifted by the artist to Dr. Tonkin for the care of Leigh's ailing mother;
    Jane Porter-Post Snyder, heir to Dr. Tonkin's estate;
    Collection of Boarman Arts Center (The Arts Centre, Martinsburg, WV) 1999, gifted by Jane Porter-Post Snyder

    William Robinson Leigh's genre paintings of Native Americans capture the essence of the American West in vivid color. In the present work, Leigh created a dramatic depiction of a blind Hopi girl retrieving fresh water, drawing upon pictorial conventions from his academic training. A lone figure is shown against a vast, open landscape evoking both a sense of isolation and grandeur. The artist gave this painting to Dr. H.G. Tonkin, as a token of his heartfelt gratitude for the medical care the doctor had given his ill mother.


    More information about WILLIAM ROBINSON LEIGH, also known as Leigh, William Robinson, Leigh, William, William Robinson Leigh.

    Condition Report*: Very sliight abrasion on right edge of image marked from previous frame.
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    May, 2007
    24th-25th Thursday-Friday
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