Samuel Isham (American, 1855-1914)A Fairy Tale
Signed and dated "S. Isham 1901" lower left, identified on a modern label from the Saint Louis Art Museum affixed to the frame backing and on two period labels (including a 1911 AIC exhibition label, see below) affixed to the back of the frame.
Oil on canvas, 78 x 48 in. (198.1 x 121.9 cm), framed.
Condition: Lined, new stretcher.
Provenance: Property of the Saint Louis Art Museum, sold to benefit the Acquisition Fund (Bequest of the artist to the Saint Louis Art Museum).
Literature: "The Century's American Artists Series," The Century Magazine
, vol. LXVIII, no. 3, July 1904, pp. 393 (illustrated), 490; "Acquisitions Made by the City Art Museum in 1914: Various Gifts," Bulletin of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
, vol. 1, January 1915, p. 29 (illustrated); City Art Museum Catalogue of Paintings
, Saint Louis Art Museum, cat. 13, pp. 44, 109; Impressionism Reflected: American Art 1890-1920
, exhibition catalogue, Saint Louis Art Museum, 1982, p. 4; Phillip Prodger, "The World in St. Louis," Apollo Magazine
, December 2004, pp. 66 (illustrated), 67.
Exhibitions: Twenty-third Annual Exhibition
, Society of American Artists, Galleries of the American Fine Arts Society, New York, March 30-May 4, 1901; Fourteenth Annual Exhibition of American Oil Paintings and Sculpture
, Art Institute of Chicago, October 29-December 8, 1901, cat. 174; Seventy-first Annual Exhibition
, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, January 20-March 1, 1902, cat. 460; Spring Exhibition of Modern American Art
, The Waldorf Astoria, New York, date unknown; Louisiana Purchase Exposition
, St. Louis, April 30-December 1, 1904; Twenty-fourth Annual Exhibition, American Oil Paintings and Sculpture
, Art Institute of Chicago, Nov 14-Dec 27, 1911, cat. 184; Impressionism Reflected: American Art 1890-1920
, Saint Louis Art Museum, May 8-June 27, 1982.
N.B. According to the compilation of works included in the annual exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, Isham exhibited a painting titled A Fairy Tale
both in 1901 - the year in which this lot was painted - and again in 1911. Only the 1911 exhibition label remains attached.
Condition: Framed dimensions are 84 x 55 x 4 inches.
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