Roland Clark (1874-1957) Black Ducks at Sundown signed "Roland Clark" lower right oil on canvas, 23 3/4 by 35 1/2 in.
Roland Clark was known as a premier waterfowl painter. He was born in New Rochelle, New York, and studied at the Art Students League in Manhattan. After living in the Tidewater region of Virginia for several years, where he was able to enjoy hunting and other outdoor pursuits, Clark returned to New York City and devoted himself to painting and illustrating full-time.
Beginning in 1937, the Derrydale Press reproduced two of Clark’s watercolors of wildfowl every year in limited edition prints. In addition, he submitted illustrations to “Ducks Unlimited,” a booklet which was published by the More Game Birds in America Foundation. In 1938 one of Clark’s images of pintail ducks was chosen as the fifth Federal Duck Stamp design. Clark’s devotion to and execution of waterfowl subjects places him among the elite depicting the genre.
In his time, Charles Krum Davis (1889-1968) was one of America’s top businessmen. He was head of Remington Arms, a subsidiary of DuPont, as president from 1933 until 1954 and as chairman until 1968. Davis was a close friend of Henry Francis DuPont, founder of Winterthur Museum in Delaware. He served on the board of the museum for several years and formed his own noted collection of antiques and Americana. He was also good friends with Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling and fished Schenob Brook in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut with Herbert Hoover in May 1943. Davis lived in Fairfield, Connecticut, and, according to his "New York Times" obituary, “was a founder and a former trustee of the American Wildlife Foundation.” Additionally, “he won the Rice Gold Medal of the Army Ordnance Association for his aid to the Government in World War II.”
Provenance: C. K. Davis Collection, acquired from Abercrombie & Fitch, September 30, 1937 Private Collection, by descent
Literature: "Charles Krum Davis, 79, Dead; Chairman of Remington Arms," The New York Times, January 10, 1968.
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