James Bard (American, 1815-1897)
Towboat William Tittamer, 1864
Oil on canvas
30 x 50 inches
Signed and dated lower right: Painted by James Bard NY 1864
Provenance:Benjamin C. Kerry, Keyport, NJ;
C. K. Johnson, NY;
Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, NY;
New-York Historical Society, NY;
private collection, Cross River, NY.
Sotheby’s Important Americana Sale, October 22, 1995, New York, NY.Lot 00054.
Selling Price including BP: $25,300.
Literature:Anthony J. Peluso, Jr., J. & J. Bard, Picture Painters. NY: HudsonRiver Press, 1977, illus. p. 96;
Richard Koke, Paintings from theNew-York Historical Society. NY: New-York Historical Society, 1982, vol. 1, p. 21
Overall, Good condition. Craquelure has formed due to age. Under UV light – in-painting in various sections of sky and water (top left of painting, clouds surrounding W. Tittamer flag, large spot directly above boat). With the exception of a very small vertical section towards its back third, the boat itself, along with its flags, remains in great condition. Retains original pine stretcher, but has been relined. ( Please see photos taken under UV light)