SOLD Apples in a Basket

by Levi Wells Prentice (1851–1935)
Oil on canvas
11⅞ x 18 inches
Signed center right: L.W. Prentice.


Provenance Private collection, Connecticut Sale, Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, Milford, Connecticut, April 24, 2003, lot 78 Private collection, acquired from above Sale, Christie’s, New York, New York, February 26, 2014, lot 139, from above Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York, acquired from above Charles Elchoueri, Brooklyn, New York, acquired from above, 2015

Literature (Possibly) Barbara L. Jones, Nature Staged: The Landscape and Still Life Painting of Levi Wells Prentice (Blue Mountain Lake, NY: The Adirondack Museum, 1993), 90, no. 248 (as Basket of Apples Under a Tree).

Note: In the Adirondack Museum’s 1993 exhibition catalogue, curator Barbara Jones describes Prentice’s affinity for apples as a still life subject: “Prentice’s favorite still life subject was the apple. He depicted both interior and exterior views of that particular fruit in myriad ways: in a tin pail, in metal or silver bowls, in a paper page; in and spilling out of bushel baskets, quart containers, or woven baskets.”

Artist Biography

A talented American artist best known for his Adirondack landscapes and detailed still-life paintings.

By Chelsea DeLay

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Notes
VII. Suggested Resources

I. Biography

Levi Wells Prentice was born on December 18, 1851 in Harrisburg, New York, and was raised on a farm in nearby Lewis County. By the 1870s, the Prentice family was living in Syracuse, where the artist began painting the Adirondack Mountains. Later, at the age of twenty-three, Prentice formally declared himself a landscape painter.(1)

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