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Harriet Enid (née Eisenberg) Spiller (1926-2008) and Mortimer Spiller (1922-2014), Eggertsville, New York, by 1970.
Alexander R. Raydon (1923-2005), Raydon Gallery, New York, by 1972.
Estate of the above, 2005.
Sale, Material Culture, Philadelphia, June 21, 2015, lot 59.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
Utica, New York, Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, The Nature of Charles Burchfield: A Memorial Exhibition, 1893-1967, Paintings, Drawings, Prints, April 9-May 31, 1970, n.p., no. 1. (as Ink Drawing (Based on Fables). 1905)
New York, Raydon Gallery, Charles Burchfield: Master Doodler, March 28-June 30, 1972, n.p., no. 3. (as Fables, 1910 (U 26))
This lot is accompanied by a research report completed by Nancy Weekly, Burchfield Scholar, Head of Collections & Charles Cary Rumsey Curator of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York. We wish to thank her for her kind assistance cataloging this lot.
According to Nancy Weekly, Charles Ephraim Burchfield copied illustrations by Charles Livingston Bull (1874-1932) and the present work was copied from Bull's illustration in the book Red Fox: The Story of His Adventurous Career in the Ringwaak Wilds and of His Final Triumph over the Enemies of His Kind by Charles G. D. Roberts (1860-1943). (N. Weekly, unpublished letter, March 9, 2023) Originally published in 1905, the present work is copied from Bull's illustration titled "The eagle, with the prize dangling from his claws, was already far out of reach." (C.G.D. Roberts, C.L. Bull, Red Fox: The Story of His Adventurous Career in the Ringwaak Wilds and of His Final Triumph over the Enemies of His Kind, New York, 1905, p. 207)