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Nom de l'objet : painting
Artiste ou artisan : Richardson, Mary Curtis
Catégorie de l'objet : communication artifacts
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : art
Médium : oil
Numéro d'accession : 90.83
Nom de la collection : Repatriated Ross
Pays d'utilisation : Canada
Culture : American
Date de début de production : 1920 L
Date de fin de production : 1940 P
Période : 2nd quarter of 20th century
Description : Portrait of "Barney", Henry and Juliette Rosses' dog. A Saint Bernard, lying down on mowed lawn, facing right , with dark trees in background.
Commentaires : Born in New York, Richardson was the daughter of engravers. In her early teens, the family settled in San Francisco and her father gave her drawing lessons. At age 20, she enrolled in the Cooper Union Institute of Design (New York) and pursued painting and drawing, while a sister, Leila, concentrated on woodblock engraving. A year later, the sisters opened an engraving shop in San Francisco and Mary married Thomas Richardson, a wealth lumberman. In 1871, Leila and another woman opened Crane & Curtis Engraving. Mary drew designs for their block prints while pursuing art studies in San Francisco and at the avant-garde Art Student League in New York. It was here that her work began to take on Impressionist tones and her frequent mother-and-child themes later led to comparisons with Mary Cassatt. Following a National Academy of Design prize in 1887 and shows of her work in San Francisco, New York, Washington and Philadelphia, Richardson began receiving portrait commissions on both coasts. In 1888, she and her husband built a home atop Russian Hill, featuring a top-floor studion with big skylights, redwood walls and a panoramic view of San Francisco Bay. It became a favourite gathering place for regional painters, visiting artists and art patrons. While collections of Richardson's work are held privately and at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and the Oakland Museum, much of her work was lost in two disasters. Following the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, fires burned many of the homes whose owners had commissioned portraits by Richardson and, following a 1912 show of her work at the Grafton Galleries in London more paintings were lost while being shipped home on the Titanic. A long time friend of Henry and Juliette Ross, benefactors of the Ross Memorial Museum in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Richardson did 25th anniversary portraits of the couple in 1920 (one of Henry 76.648 and two of Juliette 76.649, 76.650). Three other paintings by Richardson are also in the collection (RR 88.70, RR 90.83, 76.266) The donor's mother worked for Henry and Juliette Ross.
Hauteur : 16,5
Largeur : 26
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
Nombre d'objets : 1
Nom des parties composantes : oil painting on board
wood frame
Objets associés : The painting was donated by Mary McFarlane. Apparently, the painting was done by Richardson when she came to Rossmont to paint the Rosses' 25th anniversary portraits in 1920. "Barney" was their St. Bernard dog. According to Buster Gillespie and Tot McNichol, who worked for the Rosses "His bark would rattle the windows on the verandah!..He got the best of the meat, that dog. They'd pay more for his sometimes than they did for theirs!" Initially, the painting was given by the Rosses to Eva Kelly who worked for them. Mrs Kelly left it to Deana Gowan whose brother was allergic to her so her mother, Mary McFarlane donated it to the Ross Museum.
Étiquette ou poinçon : Signed lower left "Mary Curtis Richardson
Sujet ou image : dog
Établissement : Ross Memorial Museum
Ville de l'établissement : St Andrews
Province de l'établissement : New Brunswick
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