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May 2024: Day Two

Fri, May 17, 2024 11:00AM EDT
Lot 1005

William John Hennessy, NA (Irish/American, 1839-1917) Oil on Canvas 1881, "En Fete, Calvados", H 41" W 26"

Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $5
$30 $10
$100 $25
$400 $50
$900 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,500
$50,000 $5,000
$150,000 $10,000
The composition includes four Burgundians from the Calvados region of France picking flowers in preparation for a party or festival. The Saint-Valery church in Varengeville-sur-Mer is seen in the distance. Signed and dated lower left: "W.J. Hennessy 1881". This work was exhibited at the Royal Academy, London exhibition of 1882. Retains original Royal Academy exhibition label on canvas verso. This work is also listed in the "Royal Academy of Arts Annual Exhibition Records" as being Hennessy's sole work in the 1882 exhibition. In period, likely original, Florentine frame. W.J. Hennessy became an Academician to the National Academy in 1863 and lived in New York until 1870 when he moved to London and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1861-1882. Hennessy was also a member of the Royal Institute of British Painters. Literature: An 1882 Engraving of this work was published and illustrated on p. 27 of Vol II of: "The Gallery of Contemporary Art, Gebbie & Co. Publisher, Philadelphia, 1885. Provenance: Purchased 1991 from Apple & Carpenter Fine Art, Sarasota, FL by Robert & Marjorie Stahlman, Grosse Isle, MI. By family descent.

Condition

Exceptional. No damage or restoration. Original canvas. Original Royal Academy exhibition label affixed verso. Florentine frame having minor losses as evident in photographs. A copy of the Apple & Carpenter bill of sale will be provided to purchaser. | Please note all lots show signs of wear commensurate with age and use, and the lack of a statement regarding condition does not imply the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from defects or the effects of aging. Unless otherwise stated, all information provided is the opinion of DuMouchelles' specialists. Should you have any specific questions regarding the condition of this lot, please use the “Request Condition Report” or “Ask a Question” buttons or email conditions@dumoart.com.
Purchased 1991 from Apple & Carpenter Fine Art, Sarasota, FL by Robert & Marjorie Stahlman, Grosse Isle, MI. By family descent.