Charles Craig

United States (18461931 ) - Artworks
CRAIG Charles Indians Hunting Buffalo

Sotheby's /Mar 5, 2003
10,942.91 - 16,414.37
10,990.02

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Charles Craig - Standing Indian

Charles Craig - Standing Indian

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signed and dated 'Chas. Craig/1900' (lower right) oil on canvas laid down on board 16 x 12¼ in. (40.6 x 31.1 cm.) Provenance Acquired by the present owner, 1915. Literature The Butler Institute of American Art, Sixty Years of Collecting American Art: An Index to the Permanent Collection, Youngstown, Ohio, 1979, p. 11. I.S. Sweetkind, ed., The Butler Institute of American Art Index to the Permanent Collection, Youngstown, Ohio, 1997, p. 44.
Charles Craig - Standing Indian

Charles Craig - Standing Indian

Original 1900 circa
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Lot number: 32
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Charles Craig (1846-1931)
Standing Indian
Add. Notes: signed and dated 'Chas. Craig/1900' (lower right) oil on canvas laid down on board 16 x 12¼ in. (40.6 x 31.1 cm.) Provenance
Notes: English born painter, Joseph Lee, arrived in California in 1858 and quickly earned a reputation as a highly skilled maritime artist whose paintings of ship portraits displayed meticulously rendered detail. The present work was executed circa 1868 and masterfully demonstrates Lee's ability to render scenes of historical narrative with exceptional technical skill and reverence for his natural surroundings. Little remains known about Lee, making the present work an important and rare discovery to appear in the market. A companion painting entitled Alameda Shore (Bird Point) resides in the collection of the M.H de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco. Measuring 27 5/8 x 48¾ inches, the painting similarly depicts the pier from Alameda stretching into the San Francisco harbor with a hunter and dogs in the foreground. This painting, which also depicts a train on the pier, was commissioned by Alfred Andrew Cohen, owner and president of the railroad completed in 1864 known locally as Cohen's Line. "The tracks of Cohen's Line began at Alameda wharf, shown here, and provided transportation between High Street and the Alameda and San Francisco Ferry another of Cohen's enterprises. The buildings at the right are those of the Alameda Oil Works, established in 1868 by Samuel Orr." (Archival notes courtesy of the M.H. de Young Museum) The present painting, Bird's Hotel (Bird's Point, Alameda) carries impeccable provenance, having descended in the same family from the time of the painting's creation circa 1868. George Bird established the Bird Hotel at the foot of Pacific Avenue in Alameda in 1864 in order to accommodate the construction workers for the new Southern Pacific Railroad, as well as to house the sportsman who favored the marshes in the area for shooting. "The section which grew up around the Bird Hotel was known as Woodstock. The name was from the little town in Oxfordshire, England, the birthplace of the Bird brothers...The settlement became early noted for entertainment, including boxing as well as hunting. Woodstock developed in the 70's into Alameda's fashionable West End community. San Francisco notables came on weekends and holidays in fall and winter to hunt ducks and pigeons in the open country between the wharf and the several settlements." (A. Erskine, unpublished article for Antiques magazine, 1968) Naturally, Joseph Lee was among the visitors to the settlement and was commissioned to paint the private yachts of many of the wealthy seasonal residents, including Robert Louis Stevenson's family, among others. Lee also became a close friend of the Bird family and presented the present work to George Bird as a gift and even included a portrait of the hotel proprietor as seen in the hunter in the lower left portion of the composition. Throughout the composition Lee has included several vignettes that together make Bird's Hotel (Bird's Point, Alameda) an expansive and complete scene depicting early settlement in California. The painting is as much about this assimilation as it is a picture of the distinct landscape of Alameda itself. At left the Sophie MacLane paddle steamer approaches the pier as the Cohen Line train moves from the land to greet new visitors to the right. The waterfront continues with various activity with two rowboats in the lower left corner and a stretch of masts along the distant shoreline along the right horizon indicating the growth of this burgeoning harbor. Distinguishing the present work from the painting at the M.H. de Young Museum, Lee has included the Bird Hotel at far right with additional hunters and dogs, rendered with technical mastery and attention to detail rarely found in artists of the day. Bird's Hotel (Bird's Point, Alameda) provides viewers with a remarkably early yet stylistically mature painting that captures a diverse and intimate view of both the bountiful supply of nature as well as the beginning urbanization of northern California.
Pre-lot Text: Property from the Butler Institute of American Art Sold to Benefit the Acquisitions Fund
Provenance: Acquired by the present owner, 1915.
Literature: The Butler Institute of American Art, Sixty Years of Collecting American Art: An Index to the Permanent Collection, Youngstown, Ohio, 1979, p. 11. I.S. Sweetkind, ed., The Butler Institute of American Art Index to the Permanent Collection, Youngstown, Ohio, 1997, p. 44.
Charles Craig - The Buffalo Hunt

Charles Craig - The Buffalo Hunt

Original 1907
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Lot number: 1290
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Charles Craig 1846-1931 THE BUFFALO HUNT Signed Chas. Craig and dated 1907 (lr) Oil on canvas 36 x 28 inches Provenance: Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco From the Collection of Edward Eberstadt & Sons Estimate $8,000-12,000 Glue lined. Frame rubbing. Scattered craquelure. Inpaintingscattered along the frame rubbing; small spots scattered within thebuffalo and horse; 5 inch line of inpainting at bottom center; areaof inpainting around the man's head, in the sky, above and the theright of his head; areas of inpainting in the upper portion of thesky. Several other scattered smaller spots of inpainting.
Charles Craig - Indians Hunting Buffalo

Charles Craig - Indians Hunting Buffalo

Original 1892
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Lot number: 116
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signed chas. craig and dated colo./'92 , l.l.; also inscribed "indians hunting/buffalo"/by chas. craig on an old label affixed to the stretcher oil on canvas provenance: mongerson wunderlich galleries, chicago, illinois private collection, 1996 (acquired from the above; sold: sotheby's, new york, march 15, 2000, lot 130, illustrated in color) gallery of the masters, st. louis, missouri (acquired at the above sale) acquired by the present owner from the above, 2000 this lot is sold subject to sotheby's conditions of sale. as stated in the conditions, all lots are sold on an "as is" basis. prospective bidders should review the conditions and buying at auction guide.
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