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Walter Gould

United States (1829 -  1893 )
GOULD Walter The Fabric Merchant

Sotheby's /Jun 3, 2009
17,057.09 - 28,428.48
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Walter Gould - Lt. John Taylor Wood & Mrs. Lola Wood

Walter Gould - Lt. John Taylor Wood & Mrs. Lola Wood

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WALTER GOULD
American (1829-1893) Lt. John Taylor Wood & Mrs. Lola Wood Pair of oil on canvas; Signed Dated 1859 & inscribed 'Florence' 29 x 23 in, 73.5 x 58.5 cm Provenance: These portraits were commissioned by Lt. Wood and have always remained in his family descent. Literature: Confederate Seadog, John Taylor Wood in War and Exile, John Bell, 2002
Walter Gould - Self-portrait (after Sir Joshua Reynolds)

Walter Gould - Self-portrait (after Sir Joshua Reynolds)

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Lot number: 5027
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Walter G. Gould (American, 1829-1893)

Self-portrait (After Sir Joshua Reynolds)

signed, inscribed and dated 'Portrait of Sir Jos. Reynolds / from the original in the Autograph Gallery / at Florence. / W. Gould Pinxit / 1849' on the reverse

oil on canvas

29 x 23in

unframed

The original self-portrait by Reynolds is in the Vasari Corridor of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
Walter Gould - The Fabric Merchant

Walter Gould - The Fabric Merchant

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Lot number: 135
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PROPERTY OF AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR
- WALTER GOULD
AMERICAN, 1829 - 1893
THE FABRIC MERCHANT
6,000—8,000 GBP
measurements
29.5 by 23.5cm., 11½ by 9¼in.
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oil on canvas laid down on board
PROVENANCE
Estate of the artist, Florence, ItalyWilliam Henry Cook (1845-1914), the artist's nephew; thence bydescent (until 2006)Private Collection, PhiladelphiaSale: Sotheby's, New York, 23 October 2008, lot 195Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
Walter Gould - The Fabric Merchant

Walter Gould - The Fabric Merchant

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Lot number: 56
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WALTER GOULD
AMERICAN, 1829 - 1893
29.5 by 23.5cm., 11½ by 9¼in.
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oil on canvas laid down on board
PROVENANCE
Estate of the artist, Florence, Italy William Henry Cook (1845-1914), the artist's nephew; thence by descent (until 2006) Private Collection, Philadelphia Sale: Sotheby's, New York, 23 October 2008, lot 195 Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
Walter Gould - The Fabric Merchant

Walter Gould - The Fabric Merchant

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Lot number: 195
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DESCRIPTION
oil on canvas laid down on board
PROVENANCE
The Artist's studio, Florence, Italy (at the time of hisdeath)William Henry Cook (1845-1914; the artist's nephew)Thence by descent (until 2006)Private Collection, PhiladelphiaAcquired from the above by the present owner
CATALOGUE NOTE
In 1893, Gould's nephew, and the executor of his will, WilliamHenry Cook, traveled to Florence to pack the contents of Gould'sstudio and settle the estate. He selected five paintings forhimself. In 1894, Cook donated all but one of these works, TheFabric Merchant, to the Historical Society ofPennsylvania.1 In this small and refreshingly candid oilsketch, clearly the favorite of his kin, Gould demonstrates why hisname deserves a prominent place in the annals of AmericanOrientalism.
Gould's depictions of life in Turkey, though regrettably few innumber, are instantly recognizable. They are marked by an almostimpossible clarity, a delicacy and precision of line, an intensityof color, and a haunting stillness, that is virtually unparalleledin the genre. This transparency of surface is clouded only by theenigma of the artist himself: there are few known documentsdetailing Gould's adventurous life and even fewer recorded sketchesand studies that might otherwise help to reconstruct hisextraordinary creative process. The present work, its attributionrecently confirmed through the discovery of a clear provenance, isa rare exception to this rule.
In 1851, it is known that Gould visited Turkey, where he wasinundated with portrait requests from resident dignitaries andforeign diplomats. Between these commissions, Gould may have madesketches of local merchants and their activities, which wouldprovide the inspiration for many of his later pictures. It is verylikely that the present work, a sketch for an as-yet undiscovered –or possibly unexecuted - painting, dates from this period.
The composition of The Fabric Merchant is very close to one ofGould's most famous works, Stall at the Arms Bazaar atConstantinople (sold Sotheby's, New York, 23 May 1985, lot 53),painted in 1865. Both pictures feature a cross-legged andmustachioed figure seated atop a striped kilim (flat-woven carpet)and surrounded by several enrapt, smoking figures. A shallow recesshas been transformed into their respective shops – a commonoccurrence in the Middle Eastern souk, which can be witnessed stilltoday. A wall of tightly wound bolts of fabric is traded in the onepainting for a background of fearsome weaponry in the other, largeroil; though different in design and connotation, each demonstratesGould's inimitable skill with accessory, and his interest insituating his Turkish scenes in compelling architectural contexts.The intricacies of the assorted attire of the men in the ArmsBazaar and the relative simplicity of the fabric merchant's dress,suggest that Gould typically worked from background to costumestudy, reserving the golden threads for last.
The specific hand gestures of the central male figure in TheFabric Merchant recall another work by Gould: the EasternStoryteller of 1871 (sold, Sotheby's, 18 April 2008, lot 187).Here, a group of men have gathered to hear the speaker spin hisyarn. Again sporting a moustache, this mesmeric individual wearsthe same baggy white shalwars and red collarless jacket asthe merchants named above. One cannot help but wonder who thisoft-repeated figure might be; with so little known of Gould'sbiography, it is tempting to see in the gentleman's pale skin andanimated fingers a reflection of the talented artist himself.
This catalogue note was written by Dr. Emily M. Weeks.
1 Cook's paintings are now housed at the Atwater KentMuseum, Philadelphia.
Please note this work will be sold unframed.
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