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Lot 32 : RANDALL DAVEY (American, 1887-1964)

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RANDALL DAVEY (American, 1887-1964)
sgn. l.l. Randall Davey, o/c, 40 by 32 in., framed, 44 by 35.5 in.
title and artist on reverse
Prov. From the wife of the artist to the present owner's mother. The consignor's mother was secretary and bookkeeper in the 1950's in Manhattan to Mrs. Cyrus McCormick II. Randall Davey was Mrs. McCormick's first husband. (His grandfather Cyrus McCormick was the inventor and founder of the McCormick Harvesting Machine). The painting was given to the consignor's mother by Mrs. McCormick and remained in the family until this time. In 1915 "Man and Monkey" was illustrated in the December issue of Arts and Decorations magazine, pg. 91 (digitized on Google Books). It was exhibited at the 1916 Art Institute of Chicago's 29th Annual Exhibition of American Oil Paintings and Sculpture, catalogue #80. It was also displayed, in 1916 at the National Academy, and later, on loan, to the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C.
Randall Davey, was born in East Orange, New Jersey (died Santa Fe). He was a member of the National Academy and a member of the National Association of Portrait Painters. His works can be found in The Whitney Museum of American Art, Chicago Art Institute, Cleveland Museum of Art, and in many private collections. Davey was pictured in Life Magazine in 1949.
Canvas needs re-stretching. Old repair in background, right of monkey.
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Realized: $20,000 - Excluding Buyer's Premium

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