Sale 12PT02 | Lot 405

Maurice Brazil Prendergast

Catalogue: European, American, Modern & Contemporary Art
Maurice Brazil Prendergast

Lot Details

Lot 405
Maurice Brazil Prendergast
American, 1858-1924
A Sketchbook, circa 1921-1923
Some sheets bearing inscriptions
Various media on paper, total pages 130, including unused sheets; sheet size 7 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches
Images: pencil: 42 (some two-page spreads); crayon: 2 (1 two-page spread) and two test sheets; watercolor and pencil: 11 two-page spreads

The artist
Estate of the artist
Mr. Charles Prendergast, the artist's brother, 1924
Mrs. Charles Prendergast, 1948
Robert Brady, 1984
Estate of Robert Brady, 1986
Acquired from the Estate of Robert Brady, 1986

Carol Clark, Nancy Mowll Mathews and Gwendolyn Owens,
Maurice Brazil Prendergast; Charles Prendergast: A Catalogue Raisonne, (Williamstown, MA: Williams College Museum of Art and Prestel-Verlag, 1990) p. 572, no. 1554.

This is the last fully bound sketchbook of studies by Maurice Prendergast not included in a museum collection. This extraordinary work includes brilliantly colored watercolors and deft studies of daily life in the early twentieth century. Harbor views, village rooftops, children with boats, and park scenes are here depicted by the artist with the verve and spontaneity that make his work so enchanting. On the whole, the sketches appear to have been executed in the general vicinity of Cape Ann, Gloucester, and Marblehead. One work is inscribed "Public Garden," presumably referring to the Boston Public Garden. Others bear notations as to color and locale.

Of the eighty-nine Maurice Prendergast sketchbooks, seventy-five are held by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; five are in the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA. The John Sloan Study Collection at the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT each have one example. The Cleveland Museum, OH owns four sketchbooks and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York has two.

C The Spanierman Gallery, LLC Collection of American Art

Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000
Sold for $86,500 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Colors are brilliant and unfaded, pages undarkened from exposure to light. A few pages are torn out, others are loose from the binding. A few small tears.

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Estimate: $50,000 - $70,000
Sold for $86,500 (includes buyer's premium)

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European, American, Modern & Contemporary Art

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