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Arthur Burdett Frost, A Close Game Between the Squire and the Postmaster
Arthur Burdett Frost (1851-1928) Published: at least twice, as a magazine centerfold, and
in a contemporary book about the artist Date/Period: Circa 1902
Measurement: Frame: 21.5" x 15.5"; view: 18" x 11.75"
Material: Oil on academy board
Condition: Fine, cleaned, and stabilized by Tom Yost. modern frame
Note: There are both watercolor and oil versions of this composition, probably because
of its importance to the artist’s body of work. The oil has slight differences in detail and
most notably, more floor space along the lower edge of the painting.
N.B. The composition of the oil is slightly different/larger than the illustration, this is
evident if you look at the signature and lower right corner where the boxes come up to
the border of the image, whereas they extend further in the painting.
Publications: Centerfold for Collier’s Illustrated Weekly December 20, 1902, Vol. 30,
no. 12, pp. 11-12. Reproduced as a full-page illustration with related poem on opposing
page in Wallace Irwin, A Book of Drawings by A. B. Frost, 1904, New York. This book
had at least two editions; one was published by Collier’s and the other, Fox & Duffield.
This is the same composition that was published in Collier’s Weekly magazine, e.g., the
Additional Information: Depicted is a cast of characters playing checkers in a general
store. Noteworthy is the Frost’s often-repeated hunter perches on the countertop at right
with his brace of rabbits and rifle leaning against the counter. His faithful spotted hound
sleeps on the floor at the left. Frost painted a series of these diorama-like country store
scenes just after the turn of the twentieth century. Some of the same characters turn up
repeatedly, notably the checker player at right with his jutting beard. Perhaps they were
associates of the artist, who at that time lived on a farm in Convent, New Jersey, near
Morristown; he actively participated in annual shows at the Pennsylvania Academy of
the Fine Arts. Frost’s hunting and rural genre themes were incredibly popular in the day
and continue as such today; with pages from the magazines and the Frost book sold
separately online as “prints.”
Arthur Burdett Frost: The artist was one of the pre-eminent illustrators of the so-called Golden Age of American Illustration. Although largely self-taught, he studied briefly
under Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and with William
Merritt Chase at his Shinnecock, Long Island, summer school; the latter deemed him to
be a genius. During his long career, Frost illustrated close to 100 books and worked
prolifically for the leading American magazines and newspapers, including Harper’s
Weekly, Life, Collier’s Weekly, and Century. He was a member of the Tile Club and the
Society of Illustrators. He is represented in many museums, including the Sterling and
Francine Clark Art Institute, Shelburne Museum, National Gallery, New Britain Museum
of American Art, New-York Historical Society, Parrish Art Museum, Fine Arts Museum of
San Francisco, Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Museum of Fine
Arts Boston, and the Princeton University Art Museum.
Painting of Reclining White Cat by Edward John Hartmann, Riverton, New Jersey
“Portrait of My Olde White cat – As a boy”, EJH Date/Period: 1930s (Possibly 1937)
Measurement: Frame: 19" x 16.5"; view: 16" x 13.5"
Material: Oil on canvas, original white painted frame, Masonite backing
Additional Information: Painted and signed when the artist was about 12-years old.
Attached to the version if found a note in the artist’s handwriting which states the
painting was completed when he was a boy. There’s a circled number nearby “37”
(possibly 1937). The cat with large green eyes reclines on a carpet with an empty
wooden thread spool…perhaps a favorite toy.
Hartmann was born in Northeast Philadelphia on March 28, 1925. He eventually settled
in Riverton, New Jersey with his wife Joan. Ed Hartmann’s work has been featured in at
least twenty-seven Fine Arts Exhibitions in Pennsylvania, New York, and New jersey
over his lifetime. His works are represented in the Riverton Historical Society.
As written and published by Casey Foedish in 2018: There were only two scholarships
for art in Philadelphia: one at Temple University and one at the Philadelphia Museum
School of Arts (now University of the Arts). For his application, Ed reproduced a painting
by Fredric Remington called The Emigrants, and the Philadelphia Museum School of
Arts was so impressed they gave him the scholarship! Ed was only able to complete
one year of art school before he was drafted into the Navy. When his first tour in the
Navy was complete, Ed went right back to the Philadelphia Museum School of Arts to
finish his diploma in Illustration.
Folk Art Painting, Active Carting Scene Date/Period: 19th Century
Measurement: Frame: 28.25" x 18.5"; view: 24.25" x 14.5"
Material: Oil on canvas
Condition: Scattered fill, patch to small tear, original stretcher, and frame
Additional Information: Depicted is an active rural carting operation featuring several
vignettes including a small warehouse, perhaps 12-wagons, stables; horses, people,
pigs and more. Likely rendered for the proprietor who was proud of his environs.
Painting, Prized Bull, From Iowa Collection
Signed and dated on verso, Joe Jo____S. 1864 Date/Period: 1864
Measurement: Frame: 23" x 19"; view: 19" x 15"
Material: Oil on canvas, birds eye maple frame, gilt liner
Condition: Tiny puncture repaired long ago, else fine and original; period frame is not
Original, new stretcher.
Additional Information: Shows a portrait of prize bull facing left in expansive pasture
Folk Art Painting of Three Well Fed Pigs, Signed Frank Michaels Date/Period: Circa 1880-1900
Measurement: Frame: 33" x 27"; view: 28.5" x 22.25"
Material: Oil on canvas, paint decorated frame
Condition: Original condition, never cleaned
Additional Information: The vista of fields and mountain range beneath clouded blue
sky offered a pleasant backdrop for three fenced-in piggies and outbuilding. The
pictures is signed at lower right.
Antique Folk Art Painting on Panel,
Prized Bull Standing in Stall
Illegibly Signed at Lower Left, also,
AJR 1872 on Beam at Left Date/Period: 1872
Measurement: Frame: 19.75 x 25.25"; view: 13.75" x 19.25")
Material: Oil on panel
Condition: Fine original condition including frame
Additional Information: This wonderful portrait is mounted within original paint decorated frame.
Gustav Muss-Armolt, Painting, Alert Wood Duck, Arm & Hammer Bird Trading Cards Illustration
Oil on canvas, frame: 14.75" x 11.75"; view: 11.5" x 8.5"
Muss-Armolt was born in Tuckahoe, NY, in 1858; died in Avon, Massachusetts
February 9, 1927. He spent most of his professional life in New York City and
Tuckahoe; noted painter of sporting and gun dogs, also painted waterfowl, upland game
and other animal subjects including horses. He served as a director of the American
Kennel Club in New York City from 1906 to 1909. He is well represented in many
museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Muss-Armolt exhibited at
the National Academy of Design in New York City
The painting of a wood duck is the illustration used in the special Gamebird Series
published by Arm & Hammer, a consumer products company. Small advertising cards
depicting this duck and other beautiful gamebirds were created for the Waterfowl
Series. (This one is number 27) Church & Dwight Co. of New York launched the
campaign in the 1880s. The corporate tradition lasted nearly 90 years, these bird
trading cards originally came in Arm & Hammer baking soda boxes and later they could
be ordered by mail. At a time when market gunners were harvesting wild birds for meat
and feathers, the Church & Dwight bird cards featured the theme “Useful birds of
America” and a simple message: “For the good of all do not destroy the birds.” Each
card carried a short interesting paragraph about the natural history of the bird portrayed.
(Original condition; frame rub and minor paint loss due to frame rabbet rub at extreme left)
19th Century Folk Art, The Unwelcome Guest, Girl Holding Rose with Dog
By D.B.S. Lyons, Watercolor on Thin Brushed Cotton, Mounted on Paper
The picture is mounted within reddish-brown painted and splined frame.
(Frame: 5.125" x 5.125"; view: 3.125" x 3.125")
18th Century Dutch Watercolor, Travelers, Herdsman
Watercolor on paper, brilliant color
Drovers driving cattle and sheep, a man approaches a thatched roof dwelling by
crossed a stream on footbridge perhaps to arrange lodging, beautifully rendered trees
and sky. Excellent condition with extremely minor light water spotting/staining at top
center margin, else fine. (Frame: 26" x 22"; view: 16.25" x 20.25")
Vintage Folk Art, Pastel of Cat Named Pumpkin
Anonymous, First Half of 20th Century
(Frame: 19.25" x 11.5"; view: 17.25" x 9.5")
Antique Pastel, Mischievous Puppy with Lace Kerchief
Anonymous, Circa 1870
Fluffy bright-eyed puppy plays with textile of colorful carpet
(Fine condition, mounted with period gilt frame frame-21.75" x 18" x 2.25")
Locomotive, Mixed Media Painting Hinkley & Dury's Works, Boston and
American, 19th C., Signed T.F. Ramsay 1877 to 1888 (lr)
Painted pigment, applied gilt foil paper accents and wood rail on academy board
Holmes Hinkley and Gardner P. Drury built stationary engines and began building locomotives 1840. According to inscriptions the locomotive was built in 1846, and later rebuilt at the Fitchburg Railroad repair shop in 1866. Period molded wood frame, gilt liner. (Good condition, subtle surface grime and stray marks; Frame: 20.5 by 15.5"; view: 16.5 by 11.5)
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