Thomas Waterman Wood

1823-1903, New York, NY

"Private Lunch," 1869

Oil on canvas
Signed and dated lower right: T.W. Wood; titled by repute
14" H x 11" W

  • Provenance: Private collection, Morristown, New Jersey
    Sold: Sotheby's, New York, 27 May 1999, Lot 132
    Acquired by the late owner from the above
    Property from the Estate of Danny Wiginton
    The Blake Byrne Collection
  • Literature: "The Artist at Home," New York Evening Post, June 8, 1868, p. 2.
  • Notes: This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonnĂ© being written by Paul Worman for the TW Wood Gallery, Montpelier, Vermont.

    In November of 2018, Christie's New York offered this piece and included the following note: "According to the artist's record books, Wood most likely painted the present work in 1868 but did not date it until 1869 at the time of its sale. In 1868, the New York Evening Post noted of the present work, "Mr. Wood has painted to order a little figure picture called 'Private Lunch.' It shows a little...bootblack eating a watermelon at one of the cheap stands and looking out anxiously over his shoulders for intruders. It gives one of the aspects of city life in summer." ("The Artist at Home," New York Evening Post, June 8, 1868, p. 2)"
  • Condition: Visual: Generally good condition. Craquelure throughout. Minor varnish discoloration.

    Blacklight: Touch-up and crack-fill scattered throughout.

    Frame: 26" H x 23" W x 4.25" D

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