oil on canvas
31.5 x 35 in. (sight)
Auctioneer's Note: Information recently provided by the consignor suggests that this painting descended in the family of a relative (possibly a sister) of J.J. Gillespie, founder of the eponymous Pittsburgh, Pennsylvanian art gallery, and an early supporter of Blythe. The painting is mentioned in a 1945 letter by written by a relative who refers to a newspaper article about the Gillespie gallery, in which Blythe is pictured. The letter notes that "Blythe, the artist, who painted "The Dutch" and "the Batchelars (sic)", that you have is standing in front of Uncles store. ...My picture has a place of honor in the living room....You know mama asked to send her two pictures to exhibit....." Accompanied by a copy of the undated newspaper article, titled "The Century Club" with a subheading "The Fourth in a Series of stories of Pittsburgh companies that have been in business for 100 years or more." Though not noted on the clipped article, it was presumably printed in a Pittsburgh paper.
Not relined, though reinforced at edges in some areas. Two patches on the reverse of the canvas. No in-painting visible under UV light. At least the figures are intact. The background is more difficult to assess due to the dark palette. Some craquelure to the surface, and some surface grime.