Moonlight, Indian Encampment

TitleMoonlight, Indian Encampment
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions26 1/2 x 33 3/4
Signature"R.A. Blakelock" lower left (in arrowhead)
Current OwnerNational Collection of Fine Arts
URL of Owner
CityStateWashington, DC
Provenanceartist; Lew Bloom, 1889; Milch Galleries; John Gallatly, 1928; gift to National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C., 1929
ExhibitedWhitney, 1966
Subject DescriptionHorizon a little below mid-point of canvas. Artist's view is from an elevated position looking down and across the lake, with flat ground on the opposite bank, wooded hills beyond. Tall trees right and left framing view. Two teepees, horse, three seated and two standing figures placed under shelter of trees at the right. Two canoes moored at shore in right center foreground. One of the standing figures is placed at the edge of the bank looking across landscape.
ConditionGood. Canvas relined. Some contraction crackle, considerable retouching in sky. Conservation by Herald Cross, 1960; Charles Olin, 1966.
Infra-redSharpens detail of trees, modeling of foreground.
UltraVioletSlight suggestion of moon in center sky.
ColorForeground and foliage are very dark against the varying planes of blue, green, and white and gold which provide the spatial structure of the picture. The campfire at the right is an accent of red and yellow.
X-rayReveals a full moon which was apparently painted out.
Additional Examination Notes