Sale 15AM02 | Lot 43

Frank C. Herbst

Catalogue: American Paintings, Furniture & Decorative Arts
Frank C. Herbst

Lot Details

Lot 43
Frank C. Herbst
American, 1912-1970
Poised to Shoot, 1925
Signed F. C. Herbst and dated 25 (lr)
Oil on canvas
37 x 26 inches
Plaza Art Galleries, New York, 1972

This striking image of a gentleman holding his fire while engaged in a duel is thought possibly to depict Alexander Hamilton. The fashionably attired figure resembles known likenesses of Hamilton, who met his death on July 11, 1804 in a notorious duel with Aaron Burr. Although it is believed that both men fired their weapons, Hamilton wasted his shot, aiming at a tree instead of his opponent. Burr aimed at his adversary, wounding him fatally.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Not examined out of frame. Light surface grime. Stretcher marks, craquelure. a few tiny losses near the right edge, just above the teal foliage. No evidence of inpaint under UV exam.

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Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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