Old New York, Shanties at 55th Street and 7th Avenue

TitleOld New York, Shanties at 55th Street and 7th Avenue
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions30 x 42
Signature"R.A. Blakelock" lower right
Current OwnerMilwaukee Art Center
URL of Ownerhttp://www.mam.org/
CityStateMilwaukee, WI
ProvenanceNewhouse; Eliot Grant Fitch; gift to the Milwaukee Art Center in memory of John Grant Fitch, 1948
ExhibitedMarquette University, Milwaukee, 1956; Des Moins Art Center, 1957; Newark Museum, 1957; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburg, 1957; Bergstrom Art Center, Neena, Wis., 1959; Santa Barbara, 1969; San Francisco, 1969; Phoenix, 1969; Huntington, 1969
Subject DescriptionA rocky landscape without trees. The ground line from right to left. A complex of buildings occupies the edge of the rising ground. A single female figure at center moving to the left, down a board-vault which connects the upper and lower groups of buildings.
ConditionGenerally good.
Infra-redNothing of significance.
UltraVioletNothing of significance.
ColorThe color is notable being a predominate greenish-yellow, with browns, blacks in foreground and roofs. The buildings are white. The single figure is blue (?). There is a touch of bright red in the garments hanging on a wash-line at the left. The sky is a grayed yellow and blue.
X-rayShows a definite build up of ground coat under foreground rocks and in building walls and roofs. One large paint loss in lower right center.
Additional Examination NotesOur research indicates that this painting is one of a group depicting this subject. One, which is very close, but not identical, was included in the J.W. Barney sea at Parke-Bernet in 1946. Another, entitled "In Darkest New York" was in the G.B. Wilson sale at Parke-Bernet in 1954. A third, smaller but charming example, No. 39 in our inventory, belonging to the Des Moines Art Center.