The Letter

by James Carroll Beckwith (1852–1917)
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches
Signed lower right: CARROLL BECKWITH.

Information

Provenance

Bernard Black Gallery, New York, New York

Private collection, New York, New York, acquired from above, 1965

Private collection, Westlake Village, California, by descent from above

Literature

Gallery’s Image (New York: Bernard Black Gallery, 1965), 7.

Related Works 

Grandmother’s Love Letters, ca. 1895, oil on canvas, 50½ x 34¼ inches, signed upper right: Carroll Beckwith; Private collection, as reproduced in Pepi Marchetti Franchi, Intimate Revelations: The Art of Carroll Beckwith (New York: Berry-Hill Galleries, 1999), 110.

  Mrs. Clifford Richardson Reading, late 1880s, oil on canvas, 15¾ x 11½ inches, signed lower right: J. Carroll Beckwith; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts

Artist Biography

James Carroll Beckwith enjoyed enormous success as a landscape, portrait, and genre painter in the late nineteenth century. Beckwith trained at the National Academy of Design before joining the atelier of Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran, the famous French portraitist, in Paris. It was there that Beckwith developed his graceful, impressionist style. Beckwith’s work also bares the influence of his lifelong friend John Singer Sargent, with whom he shared a Paris studio. Beckwith and Sargent assisted Carolus-Duran in painting a ceiling mural in the Louvre in 1877, and Beckwith went on to win prizes at the Paris Salon, medals at the Paris

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James Carroll Beckwith enjoyed enormous success as a landscape, portrait, and genre painter in the late nineteenth century. Beckwith trained at the National Academy of Design before joining the atelier of Emile Auguste Carolus-Duran, the famous French portraitist, in Paris. It was there that Beckwith developed his graceful, impressionist style. Beckwith’s work also bares the influence of his lifelong friend John Singer Sargent, with whom he shared a Paris studio. Beckwith and Sargent assisted Carolus-Duran in painting a ceiling mural in the Louvre in 1877, and Beckwith went on to win prizes at the Paris Salon, medals at the Paris Expositions of 1889 and 1890, and gold medals at the Atlanta Exposition of 1895 and the Charleston Exposition of 1902. His paintings can now be found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, and the New York Historical Society.

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