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Americana, Paintings & Militaria

April 8, 2010 – April 10, 2010

Lot #1318
Temp #16
DepartmentPaintings
Sold For $25,000.00   (hammer price)
 $28,750.00   (price including buyer's premium)
Last Updated April 10, 2010

Description

ALFRED THOMPSON BRICHER
American, 1837-1908

Echo Lake, Franconia Notch, New Hampshire, depicting the view looking southeast over Echo Lake with Eagle Cliff, Mount Lafayette, and Franconia Notch in the distance. Signed lower left A.T. Bricher".

Although today Bricher is highly identified as a luminist painter of coastal scenes, he actually started his career firmly in the tradition of the great Hudson River School painters. While living in Boston in the 1860s he made frequent trips to the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he worked and studied with contemporaries such as Benjamin Champney, William Morris Hunt, and Albert Bierstadt. There are at least three other known examples depicting different iterations on the same view offered here. Although this work is undated, it likely was executed in the later part of the 1860s.


For a similar example, please see:
Echo Lake and Mount Lafayette, Private Collection


There is a faded label on the back of the painting from the Vose Gallery of Boston. Vose has it on record of being sold in 1910. The work was consigned by a Boston area family, and we believe this is the first time the painting has been offered on the market in decades, if not longer.
Oil on board, 10" x 19". Framed."

Condition

Old restoration to upper right corner approximately 3 long by 1" high. Smaller area to lower right margin. Estimated at 2% overall restoration. Some minor paint loss to extreme edges caused by frame rubbing. Has been framed under glass for many years. Would likely benefit from a professional cleaning. Frame in good shape with minor cracks, no losses."

The description of the item above may not be the final version used in the catalog. The descriptions are as yet unedited and may contain mistakes. The description, estimates and photos could all be wrong. In rare cases they may not end up in this sale. Once the items have received their lot number the descriptions will have been changed if needed.
 

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