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Alexander John Drysdale

United States (1870 -  1934 )
DRYSDALE Alexander John Bayou Landscape

Weschler's
Sep 18, 2015
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Alexander John Drysdale - Live Oaks And Cypress On The Bayou.

Alexander John Drysdale - Live Oaks And Cypress On The Bayou.

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Drysdale, Alexander (American, 1879-1934). "Live Oaks and Cypress on the Bayou." River landscape framed by trees. Late 19th/ Early 20th century. Pastel on board. Signed l.l. Sight: 14 1/2" x 39 1/2". Frame: 20 1/2" x 45 1/2". Provenance: Purchased from New Orleans Auction Galleries, INC., Louisiana, in 1993
Alexander John Drysdale - Monumental Louisiana Bayou Lunette

Alexander John Drysdale - Monumental Louisiana Bayou Lunette

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Alexander John Drysdale (American/New Orleans, 1870-1934), "Monumental Louisiana Bayou Lunette", oil on canvas, signed lower right, 37 in. x 72 in., framed. Provenance: D.H. Holmes Department Store, New Orleans. Note: Alexander Drysdale's large canvases were most often commissions, as in the case of the Shushan Airport and the Weiss Dining Room murals. The monumental and exceedingly rare lunette offered here was part of a group of paintings commissioned by the D.H. Holmes department store. In 1927, the president of D.H. Holmes, Frederick W. Evans, asked Drysdale to paint twenty-two special canvases of mural size to display in the store. The paintings hung in the restaurant at the store for many years until Drysdale\’s death, when they were put on exhibition in the store\’s riverside window. This work, with its attractive half-moon shape and iconic oak trees near the water, is a classic example of Drysdale at his very best. The reflections of the trees and sky on the water with a high horizon line and sizeable foreground are particularly well-painted and make for an interesting composition. Ref.: Buechner, Howard A. Drysdale: Artist of Myth and Legend. Metairie, LA: Thunderbird Press, 1985.
Alexander John Drysdale - Early Morning In A Louisiana Swamp

Alexander John Drysdale - Early Morning In A Louisiana Swamp

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Alexander John Drysdale (American/Louisiana, 1870-1934), "Early Morning in a Louisiana Swamp", near New Roads, Louisiana, 1909, oil on board, signed lower right, titled, dated and localized en verso, 10-1/4" x 17". Presented in a period frame. Provenance: Succession of George S. "Dod" Stewart, Slidell, Louisiana.
Alexander John Drysdale - Louisiana Cottage, Probably Shreveport

Alexander John Drysdale - Louisiana Cottage, Probably Shreveport

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Alexander John Drysdale (American/New Orleans, 1870-1934), "Louisiana Cottage, Probably Shreveport", 1933, oil and oil wash on canvas, signed and dated lower right, pencil-signed and inscribed on stretcher, 21" x 30". Framed. Provenance: Acquired from the artist, descended in a Shreveport family. In the fall of 1995, a woman wrote a beautiful letter to the New Orleans Museum of Art chronicling the provenance of a very rare Alexander Drysdale - a cottage scene, that her "Aunt Pete" bequeathed to her just months before she passed. Aunt Pete, aka Elinor Lancaster Dowling (1912-1995), acquired it from her father John Lynch (J.L.) Lancaster (1869-1962), the railroad magnate, who presided over the Texas and Pacific (T. & P.) Railway Company and its many subsidiary companies, including the New Orleans, Shreveport and Lower Coast railways. According to Aunt Pete's reminiscence, after her father was elected president in 1917, he undertook a survey of the Louisiana rails on his private car and was horrified by the squalor of the railway tenements along the lines, notably Shreveport; many of the structures lacked doors, windows, screens and fencing in which to contain livestock. Shortly after, Lancaster implemented a building improvement program to subsidize their repairs, transforming dilapidated shanties into quaint cottages ensconced by picket fences. Some years later, while traveling in New Orleans with one of the Hutchinson brothers from Caspiana Plantation, Lancaster was introduced to Alexander J. Drysdale, who accepted, on behalf of Hutchinson and Lancaster, a painting commission in Shreveport. One of the paintings to emerge from this collaboration is the work offered here - of a newly refurbished trackman's home on the railway line. Aunt Pete's story is largely corroborated by Shreveport Times' articles ca. 1917-1921. Indeed Lancaster became president of the T. & P. Railway Company in 1917, but it was quickly taken over by the Federal Government during World War I and remained under federal control until 1919. During the interim, Lancaster was appointed receiver of the company and federal manager of the U.S. western railways. On March 24, 1918, the Shreveport Times reports: "J.L. Lancaster...with headquarters at New Orleans, was here yesterday on board his private car, no. 200, and spent the day in Marshall looking over the company property. Mr. Lancaster was accompanied by General Superintendent Phil Carroll and Chief Engineer Mitchell...and other local officials, and spent the day here going over the company property and planning out work to be done here." Aunt Pete's story is all the more interesting because housing problems continued to plague the Shreveport area well into the early 1920s. When the railroad came under Federal jurisdiction, railway housing would also have come under the scrutiny of the Housing Survey Bureau, which deemed Shreveport rentals in 1921 to be "a menace to public health" - echoing Lancaster's thoughts three years earlier. Though Aunt Pete attributes the cottage scene to Shreveport, a faint inscription in pencil on the painting stretcher that reads "A road in Pass Christian, 1933" suggests that the cottage reflects other housing reforms Lancaster enacted after his eponymous tour in car no. 200 on the Louisiana and Gulf Coast railways in 1918. Regardless of the cottage's locale, it is a testament of Drysdale at his finest - with his oil washes in ethereal hazes of blue and greens, he transforms a tenement cottage into a haunting landscape of Southern lowland beauty. References: Shreveport Times, Sun. 24 Mar. 1918: 9; Ibid. "Work of Investigating Local Housing Conditions Delayed Only by Lack of Funds; Committee Puts Matter Up to Civic Pride of Citizens". 3 Feb. 1921: 6. Newspapers.com Web. 8 Sept. 2016.
Alexander John Drysdale - Bayou Landscape

Alexander John Drysdale - Bayou Landscape

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Lot number: 315
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Property from the Estate of Marin A. Glenn
Alexander John Drysdale (American 1870-1934)
Bayou Landscape
Signed
A.J. Drysdale
and dated
1916
l.l.
Watercolor with white heightening on paper; apparently in good condition. Framed.*
Sight size: 19-1/2 x 30 in (49.6 x 76.2 cm)
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