William Wendt (1865-1946) On the Brow of Laudamus Hill 18 x 24in (Painted in 1897.)

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Lot 24
William Wendt
(1865-1946)
On the Brow of Laudamus Hill 18 x 24in

US$ 15,000 - 20,000
£ 12,000 - 16,000
William Wendt (1865-1946)
On the Brow of Laudamus Hill
signed 'W. WENDT' (lower right) and titled (on the stretcher bar)
oil on canvas
18 x 24in
Painted in 1897.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Frederick Hastings Rindge, Sr. (1857-1905), Malibu, California.
    Thence by family descent to the present owner.

    Exhibited
    Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Second Annual Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, February 1 - 27, 1898, no. 229.

    Literature
    The Art Institute of Chicago, Catalogue of an Exhibition of Works by Chicago Artists, February 1 - 27, 1898, p. 31.
    F.N. Levy, ed. American Art Annual, New York, The Macmillan Company, 1898, p. 163.
    J.A. Walker, Documents on the Life and Art of William Wendt, California's Painter Laureate of the Paysage moralise, Big Pine, 1992, no. 497, p. 175.

    In the summer of 1897, Wendt was invited by George Gardner Symons to travel from Chicago to California. Through the following spring, they lived and painted in Malibu. The present work depicts Laudamus Hill in Malibu Canyon, originally part of Rancho Topanga Malibu Simi Sequit, a Spanish land grant of 13,330 acres acquired by Frederick Hastings and (Rhoda) May Knight Rindge in 1892.1 Laudamus Hill is situated across the Roosevelt Highway from the Adamson House. The Rindges began construction of a 50-room mansion on Laudamus Hill in 1929, which was sold to the Franciscan Order for the Serra Retreat in 1942.

    1 W. South, J. Stern, J. Blake, In Nature's Temple, The Life and Art of William Wendt, Irvine, 2008, p. 234.
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