December 6, 2015 14:00 EST

American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists

 
  Lot 84
 

84

ANDREW WYETH (AMERICAN 1917-2009)
GROVER (HIS MARK)

Inscribed 'His Mark' on overmat bottom right, watercolor and pencil on paper
Sheet size: 7 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (19.7 x 14cm)
Overmat size: 12 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. (32.4 x 21.6cm)
©Andrew Wyeth

Provenance: The Artist.
Given by the above as a Christmas gift.
The estate of Jack. J. Dreyfus, Jr., New York, New York.
Christie's, New York, sale of March 4, 2010, lot 17.
Acquired from the above.
Private Collection, Maine.
NOTE:
Grover was one of Andrew Wyeth and family's dogs who was found as a stray at a bus stop in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. According to a story relayed to the current owner by Andrew Wyeth's son, Nicholas, Grover consistently wished to present his paw to all those he met for a handshake. Hence, Andrew Wyeth decided to name the dog Grover, after president Grover Cleveland, who was known to shake hands with whomever he met. Nicholas further noted that Grover is depicted in several of his father's paintings, including a watercolor entitled "Light Wash" (1961). Regarding "His Mark" on the original frontal mat, Nicholas confirmed that his father's fingerprints are combined with the actual paw print of Grover to make the full paw print in ink.
The present watercolor is to be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of the artist's work.

Sold for $18,750
Estimated at $10,000 - $15,000


 

Inscribed 'His Mark' on overmat bottom right, watercolor and pencil on paper
Sheet size: 7 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (19.7 x 14cm)
Overmat size: 12 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. (32.4 x 21.6cm)
©Andrew Wyeth

Provenance: The Artist.
Given by the above as a Christmas gift.
The estate of Jack. J. Dreyfus, Jr., New York, New York.
Christie's, New York, sale of March 4, 2010, lot 17.
Acquired from the above.
Private Collection, Maine.
NOTE:
Grover was one of Andrew Wyeth and family's dogs who was found as a stray at a bus stop in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. According to a story relayed to the current owner by Andrew Wyeth's son, Nicholas, Grover consistently wished to present his paw to all those he met for a handshake. Hence, Andrew Wyeth decided to name the dog Grover, after president Grover Cleveland, who was known to shake hands with whomever he met. Nicholas further noted that Grover is depicted in several of his father's paintings, including a watercolor entitled "Light Wash" (1961). Regarding "His Mark" on the original frontal mat, Nicholas confirmed that his father's fingerprints are combined with the actual paw print of Grover to make the full paw print in ink.
The present watercolor is to be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of the artist's work.

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