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Lot 6 : ARTHUR J. HAMMOND (American, 1857-1947)

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ARTHUR J. HAMMOND (American, 1857-1947)
The Cavalier
sgn. and dated l.r. A.J. Hammond 1904, o/c, 72 by 40 by in; original frame 77 by 43 in.
Prov.: Descended through the family of the artist until this time.
The model for this painting was Antonio Corsi, "the King of Models". John Singer Sargent used Corsi often incl. Sargents's stairway paintings in the Boston Public Library. Included are two photos of Corsi, one autographed inscribed to
A.J. Hammond/Oct 1903. Both photos have interesting and lengthy and personal handwritten notes on reverse by Hammond regarding this painting, Sargent, and Corsi. Also incl. are two Boston Herald articles regarding Corsi's 1906 divorce, and a 1915 Hammond exhibition incl. this painting (see photos). In addition, Corsi modeled for Edward Burne-Jones, Alma-Tadema, John E. Millais, Sir Frederick Leighton, and Edwin Austin Abbey (posed for the knights in the murals at Boston Public Library's Abbey Room).
Blacklight shows spots of in-paint here and there, two spots on hair; repaired vertical tear extending from feathers in hat to elbow under cloak.
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Realized: $3,000 - Excluding Buyer's Premium

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