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    RUSSELL SMITH (American, 1812-1896)
    The Old Man's Basin, Franconia Notch, New Hampshire, 1876
    Oil on canvas
    12 x 18 inches (30.5 x 45.7 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: R. S. '76
    Title and signature transcribed in a later hand on verso, copying what was covered by relining
    Inscribed on lower stretcher bar in pencil is this dedication: "Presented to Kate Maguire by Xanthus R. Smith- 1947."


    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    PROVENANCE:
    Christie's, New York (label verso).


    Condition Report*: Relined canvas. Paint film in very good stable condition. Painting was expertly cleaned within the last 20 years or so. The work is pristine with no evidence whatsoever of restoration in the entire landscape. Under UV examination, the deepest blue of the sky fluoresces slightly, suggesting perhaps a thin glaze of strengthening had been applied to that region at some point.  
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    15th Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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