An Afternoon on the Rhone, oil on canvas, signed/dated 1886/inscribed
"Avignon" lower right,
40" x 55" canvas, 50"
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. This is a seminal painting by an
important artist whose work has not been
About the Artist: A specialist in watercolor painting, J. Ambrose
Pritchard was born in Boston in 1858. He
studied at the Academie Julian in Paris under
Gustave Boulanger and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre
from 1881 to 1887. It's conceivable this
painting was his Diploma work for the Academie,
given the inscribed date..
After returning to Boston about 1889, he
painted landscapes and marines, working along
the Massachusetts shore in Duxbury, Annisquam,
and Quincy and in the White Mountains of
New Hampshire. His exhibited at the Boston
Society of Watercolor Painters, the Boston
Art Club, and the Pennsylvania Academy of
the Fine Arts.
His career was cut short by his untimely
death in 1905.
Provenance: A Newbury Street Gallery, 1978 (gallery
label verso); A Marblehead Estate, 1978 to
2008; Skinners Auctioneers 2008. (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
buy now for $ 9,500.00
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