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Alexander John Drysdale

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

Garth's /Aug 4, 2012
1,633.32 - 2,449.98
1,727.32

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Alexander John Drysdale - Louisiana Cottage, Probably Shreveport

Alexander John Drysdale - Louisiana Cottage, Probably Shreveport

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Lot number: 1016
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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 - Sunrise On The Bayou

Alexander John Drysdale - Sunrise On The Bayou

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Lot number: 836
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Description: Alexander John Drysdale (American/New Orleans, 1870-1934), "Sunrise on the Bayou", 1913, oil wash on paper, signed and dated lower left, 15-3/4" x 23-3/4". Matted, glazed and framed. Descriptions provided in both the print and online catalogues do not include condition reports. The absence of a condition report does not guarantee that a lot is in perfect condition or free from damage and/or wear. We strongly suggest that you request a condition report prior to bidding on any lot. All transactions are governed by New Orleans Auction Galleries' Conditions of Sale.
Alexander John Drysdale - Sunset Over Bayou

Alexander John Drysdale - Sunset Over Bayou

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Lot number: 1448
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Alexander John Drysdale (American/Louisiana, 1870-1934), "Sunset Over Bayou", oil wash on board, signed lower right "A. J. Drysdale", sight 24" x 30". Glazed and framed. CONDITION REPORT **Alexander John Drysdale (American/Louisiana, 1870-1934), "Sunset Over Bayou": In generally good condition, with overall yellowing of paper. Darkening of paper at edges where it meets mat. Crease at lower right corner.
Alexander John Drysdale - Bayou Scene

Alexander John Drysdale - Bayou Scene

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Lot number: 13
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BAYOU SCENE BY ALEXANDER JOHN DRYSDALE (LOUISIANA, 1870-1934). Oil wash on board, signed and dated 1923 lower right. Moonlit swamp. In a frame, 28.5"h. 38.5"w. Estimate $ 2,000-3,000 Not examined outside of frame. Matting is yellowed. Painting is in good condition, no damage observed in composition. We provide condition information when it is requested by a potential bidder, as a part of our dedication to excellent customer service. However, the absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections, repairs, restorations or the effects of aging. Garth's Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission regarding an item's condition. We encourage you to call or email with any questions. We also encourage you to come see us and preview the auction in-person. Thank you for your business.
Alexander John Drysdale - Louisiana Landscape

Alexander John Drysdale - Louisiana Landscape

Original 1913
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Lot number: 891
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Alexander John Drysdale (American/Louisiana, 1870-1934) "Louisiana Landscape", oil on canvas, signed lower left "A. J. Drysdale 1913", 17" x 23". Glazed, matted and presented in a molded polychromed and parcel-gilt frame. **Alexander John Drysdale (American/Louisiana, 1870-1934): Several minor surface abrasions. A 1" inpainted repair to the loss of the right-hand tree trunk. Surface displaying paint deformation where it appears to be bunching and tenting.
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