Jan 22, 2015 - Sale 2372

Sale 2372 - Lot 239

Price Realized: $ 16,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 18,000 - $ 25,000
Child Reading by Lamp Light. Graphite on paper mounted on card. 280x250 mm; 11x9 3/4 inches, image. Signed lower right, though presumably in another hand (see notes below). Two creases near lower right corner with small chip at same corner outside rules, overall mild age-toning. Matted. Provenance: gifted by Rockwell to Hazel Dell-Brown, Armstrong Cork Company Art Director, subsequently gifted by Dell-Brown to fellow employee J.C. McCarthy, thence by descent to family. Circa 1926.

Additional Details

Unrecorded pencil sketch. Likely a rejected composition for an advertisement for the Armstrong Cork Company in Lancaster, PA. The signature is accomplished in a different (color and weight) pencil from the drawing, and it is surmised that rather than a forgery it was added simply for identification purposes at an early date.