Robert W. Weir
(i) Amerigo Vespucci, 1848
Signed R. W. Weir and dated 1848 (lr)
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches
Joseph Tuckerman, Esq., New York
[Sale] Doyle, New York, may, 5, 1999, lot 107
Private collection, MD
Washington D.C., Italian Embassy, A Journey to Discovery, 2014
(ii) Study for Amerigo Vespucci
Watercolor on paper
19 3/4 x 16 inches
Robert Weir was Professor of Drawing for a generation after 1834 at West Point; his students included Generals Grant, Sherman, J. A. M. Whistler, and his sons John Ferguson and Julian Alden Weir. His Embarkation of the Pilgrims was commissioned by Congress for the US Capitol Rotunda; completed in 1840.
Amerigo Vespucci's biography includes his role as a secret agent of Florence's Medici family, a navigator and outfitter for the Kings of Castile for Columbus, and Portugal for Brazil, and his lending of his name to our country and continent. In the present work, he is immersed in his role as master cartographer. His works are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC, and well as many other important institutions.
C Property of a Distinguished Maryland collector
Additional Notes & Condition Report
(ii) There are a few repaired tears at the left side of the work each approximatley 1 1/2 inches in the lower and upper left corners and another at the left center edge. This work is framed with an archival matte and UF3 Plexiglass.
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