American Furniture & Decorative Arts - Sale 12AM02 - Lot 119

Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10am EST
Lot 119
Rembrandt Peale
American, 1778-1860
Falls of Niagara from Goat Island, circa 1831
Oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 24 1/8 inches

The artist; to his estate, 1860
Estate sale after the artist's death, Thomas and Sons, Auctioneers, Philadelphia, 1862, Catalogue of Valuable Original Paintings by the Late Rembrandt Peale, no. 50, as Falls of Niagara from Goat Island
Townsend (?)
Allan Gerdau
Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, Connecticut, by gift, 1957
Lee B. Anderson, New York, NY, by exchange, by 1961

New London, CT, Lyman Allyn Museum, American Romantic Paintings of the 18th and 19th Centuries from the Collection of Lee B. Anderson, 1961, no. 61
Buffalo, New York, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Three Centuries of Niagara Falls, 1964, no. 44

Lyman Allyn Museum, New London, CT, Complete List of American and European Drawings, Paintings, and Watercolors in the Collection of the Lyman Allyn Museum, Oct., 1960, p. 36 (as Niagara Falls Viewed from the American Side)
B. Snow, Paintings & Antiques: The New York Townhouse of Lee B. Anderson, Antiques, Nov. 1961, pp. 442-4, illus.
The American Art Journal, vol. 1, no. 2, Fall 1969, p. 26, illus.
According to Rembrandt Peale authority, Carol Soltis, this may be "the picture listed in the 'Catalogue of Valuable Paintings... by Rembrandt Peale,' Philadelphia, 1862, no. 50 (Estate sale after the artist's death). Sold to Townsend for $5.12.... Other Niagara scenes by Rembrandt in oil seem to date from the time of 1831... Peale also made at least two watercolors of the falls." We extend our thanks to Carol Soltis for her kind assistance in documenting this lot.

C Sold to Benefit the Lee B. Anderson Memorial Foundation

Sold for $28,125
(Includes Buyer's Premium)
Estimate $15,000-25,000

Dirty, dense varnish. Frame rubbing. Scattered craquelure throughout. Wax relined. Some touches of inpaint in the sky. Unable to detect further restoration under UV light.

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