Oct 18, 2012 - Sale 2290

Sale 2290 - Lot 7

Price Realized: $ 6,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,000
Untitled (Pastoral Landscape).

Watercolor on wove paper, mounted on cardstock, 1913. 222x324 mm; 8 3/4x12 3/4 inches. Signed and dated in watercolor, lower right.

Provenance: private collection.

This romantic landscape is only the third work by the artist to come to auction. With his life cut short at the age of 24, works by Richard Lonsdale Brown are very scarce. James Porter described Brown and Lenwood Morris in his Modern Negro Art as "two of the most talented men of this epoch who died in mid-career before fulfilling early promises." Brown painted a similar landscape in 1912 that was used on the front cover of the April/Easter issue of The Crisis, which also featured a profile on the young artist. Porter p. 81.