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Lot #388
Low Estimate$1,000.00
High Estimate$1,500.00
Last UpdatedJune 10, 2019


Massachusetts/Washington, D.C./Ohio/France, 1864-1950

Cutting In The Whale -- From the Log Book of the Charles Phelps". Signed lower left "C Thurber". Titled on handwritten label verso. A rare example of a whaling scene painted by a female artist.
Caroline Thurber (Mrs. Dexter Thurber) is primarily known as a portrait artist, capturing children and well-known authors and academics. She was born in Ohio and studied throughout Europe, including at the Academie Julian in Paris. She was a member of the Copley Society and the Guild of Boston Artists, and she exhibited at the National Academy of Design.
Oil on canvas, 18" x 24". Framed."


Overall very good codition. Under white light the surface of the canvas appears dirty and there is a heavy craquelure in the sky. The canvas has an old lining, and under UV examination, because of the dirty varnish, it is hard to get a clear read any in-paint. There is minor spot in-paint to the sky and spars of the ship, and there appear to be broader areas of re-glazing and strengthening to the sea on the right and left. The canvas would benefit greatly from a new lining, a light cleaning and some fresh varnish.

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