Milton C. Weiler (1910-1974) Randy, 1968 signed "M.C. Weiler" lower right watercolor, 13 1/4 by 16 1/2 in.
This quail hunting scene was created by Weiler in exchange for a carving of a lesser yellowlegs by his friend, Davison Hawthorne. Hawthorne requested the artist paint an action portrait of his favorite gun dog, Randy. The location of the painting is near Hawthorne's home in Salisbury, Maryland, and depicts Hawthorne taking aim.
The lot includes a copy of "The Great American Shooting Prints," in which the painting is reproduced.
In a 1971 letter to Milton Weiler, author Robert Elman writes, “You’re obviously off fishing while I labor at sculpting verbal tributes to you and a bunch of other artists who are probably also off fishing. I’ve never really forgiven the unjust Providence that decreed I must work while the graphically gifted ones live as life should be lived.” Elman was looking to the artist for approval of his text accompanying the watercolor Randy in The Great American Shooting Prints. Of the subject matter, he says, “Among devotees of fine decorative decoys and bird sculptures in wood, Davison Hawthorne is considered one of America’s best carvers, and he is also an eminent collector of classic working decoys.” According to Elman, Weiler produced “an action portrait of [Hawthorne’s] favorite gun dog, Randy, and the result is the quail-hunting scene presented here. Because the artist had been taken with the looks and field style of the two-year-old setter and because he experienced the same joys in upland gunning as in water fowling, he was able to impart an extraordinary spontaneity to the scene.”
Provenance: Davison B. Hawthorne Collection
Literature: John T. Ordeman & M.C. 'Bud' Weiler, Jr., "The Art of Milton C. Weiler: A Sportsman's World," Sugar Hill, NH, 2001, p. 74, illustrated. Robert Elman, "The Great American Shooting Prints," New York, NY, 1972, pl. 63, illustrated.
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