An Afternoon on the Rhone, oil on canvas, signed/dated 1886/inscribed
"Avignon" lower right, 40"
x 55" canvas, 50" x 65" frame.
About the Painting: Very good condition. Some crazing (crackleture),
but the paint is stable with only a few tiny
flakes of missing paint (requiring very close
examination). There has been a professional
repair of a puncture in the upper right hand
corner. The painting was consigned to Skinner's
for a May 2008 auction with an estimate of
$15,000 to $25,000 (the high auction price
for the artist is $29,000 for a painting
also sold by Skinner's), but the reserve
was not met. We negotiated a private purchase
from the consignor late in 2008.
About the Artist: A specialist in watercolor painting, J. Ambrose
Pritchard was born in Boston in 1858. He
studied at the Academic Julian in Paris under
Gustave Boulanger and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre
from 1881 to 1887.
After returning to Boston about
painted landscapes and marines,
the Massachusetts shore in Duxbury,
and Quincy and in the White Mountains
New Hampshire. His exhibited
at the Boston
Society of Watercolor Painters,
Art Club, and the Pennsylvania
the Fine Arts.
His career was cut short by his
death in 1905.