104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010  | 
(212) 254-4710  |  Mon - Fri, 10AM - 6PM
Follow Us:
  • We are happy to call you during the auction and place bids on your behalf. To arrange phone bidding, please call Swann's bid department during business hours.

    (212) 254-4710 ext. 0
    Mon - Fri 10AM - 6PM


    Or, e-mail a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to phonebids@swanngalleries.com. Be sure to include a phone number where we can reach you.

    Bids may also be submitted via fax. Send a list of lots with the sale number and your contact information to (212) 979-1017. You will receive a confirmation before the sale.

    Sale 2203 | Lot 3
    Price Realized: $7,800With Buyer's Premium
    Show Hammer Price
    • Click Image To Enlarge

    • Sale 2203 Lot 3

      RICHARD L. BROWN (1893 - 1917)
      An Indian Mound.

      Watercolor, circa 1914. 325x500 mm; 13 1/4x19 3/4 inches. Signed in watercolor, lower left.

      Provenance: private New York collection.

      Exhibited: Students Artists' Exhibition, Doll & Richards, Inc., with the printed gallery exhibition label, inscribed with the year, name, title and artist's Boston address, "676 Shawmut Ave, Boston" in ink, affixed to the frame back.

      This fine, luminous watercolor is only the second artwork by this exceptional, early 20th century painter to come to auction. Swann Galleries sold the gouache, Mt. Monadnock, at auction on October 8, 2009.

      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." This pastel also establishes the artist's move to Boston after his 1912 Ovington Brothers solo exhibition in New York--documented in the article "Negro Youth Amazes Artists by his Talent" in the March 12, 1912 issue of The New York Times.
      Estimate $5,000-7,000

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $7,800