Canoe Builders

TitleCanoe Builders
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions26 3/4 x 37
Current OwnerNational Museum of American Art
URL of Owner
CityStateWashington, DC
ProvenanceWilliams T. Evans, 1902; gift to National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C., 1909.
ExhibitedUnion League Club, N.Y., 1903; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1907-09; Smithsonian Institution, National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, D.C., 1910; Union League Club, N.Y., 1911.
Subject DescriptionThis painting is in such an advanced stage of deterioration that a description of the composition is all but impossible. There appears to be a structure of some kind at the right center with an arched roof and central doorway. To the left of this the shape and structure of a canoe seen from the end can be discerned. A moon appears above the horizon at left center.
ConditionBadly degraded by alterations in the paint structure. Report of Evans Collection Curator, 1917, indicated advanced deterioration at that time.
Infra-redThe drawn outline of the canoe can be seen.
UltraVioletNothing of significance.
X-rayNothing of significance.
Additional Examination NotesPainting was studied at the Brookhaven Laboratory by neutron autoradiography on April 28, 1975.