SOLD Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut

by Eric Sloane (1905–1985)
Oil on board
23⅞ x 48 inches
Signed lower left of center: ERIC SLOANE—; on verso: Eric SLOANE / CORNWALL BRIDGE / CONN.


Abercrombie & Fitch Co., New York., New York

Erivan Haub

Private collection, Wyoming

Stevens Fine Art, Phoenix, Arizona, acquired from above


Grand Central Galleries, New York, New York

Note: Eric Sloane painted many covered bridges across New England, but Cornwall Bridge seemed to hold particular importance to the artist. Sloane owned a home in nearby Warren, Connecticut and described the bridge in his book I Remember America, writing:

For a few years Cornwall Bridge, an ancient covered structure near my farmhouse in Connecticut, stood in the shadow of a new concrete arch over the Housatonic River. Trucks and cars zoomed overhead, and few people noticed the historic bridge below. There were initials carved into its wood, which had been hauled by ox sleds from North Adams, Massachusetts, over a century before; there were posters still clinging to the wood–posters advertising auctions held during the Civil War; there were, in the dark tunnel of the bridge, the acrid smells of hay and dust and the musty odor of aged wood.[1]

Abercrombie & Fitch, which began as a high-end sporting goods store, owned several of Eric Sloane’s paintings and even featured his work on the cover of their catalogue of merchandise.

Erivan Haub was a German businessman and avid art collector who donated many works to prominent art institutions.

[1] Eric Sloane, I Remember America (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1971), n.p.

Artist Biography

By Nina Sangimino

I think in some ways I’m a failure because people think I’m a painter of barns and a writer of nostalgia… It’s not what I’ve been trying to do. I hate nostalgia. It’s a dreaded disease. [1]
—Eric Sloane

To view a painting by Eric Sloane of a quintessential New England covered bridge, with its weathered clapboard siding, worn dirt road, and Huck Finn–inspired children fishing in the brook below, one is touched by the familiarity of the scene. But what seems at first glance to be a simple version of Yankee Americana reveals deeper meaning when understood in the

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