Hawley, Pennsylvania

by Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847–1919)
Oil on canvas
25½ x 36⅜ inches
Signed lower right: RABlakelock



Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts

Private collection

Private collection, acquired from above, ca. 2003

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, March 6, 2019, lot 111, from above

Note: Blakelock spent the summers of 1883 and 1891 in Hawley, a town in northeastern Pennsylvania.

This painting has been authenticated and catalogued by the University of Nebraska Inventory as NBI-1929, category II.

Artist Biography

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO, in the backwoods of Upstate New York, he languished in a mental institution as his paintings began to break American records. So great was his fame that at an auction in the Plaza Hotel ballroom the total realized for his paintings exceeded the totals for the Monets, the Rembrandts, the Renoirs, the Pissarros, and the Botticellis.

Forever true to his own vision, he lived in abject poverty in the years before he was institutionalized, and even then he never ceased painting, pulling out his own hair for brush bristles and using tobacco juice to augment the meager

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