William Wendt (1865-1946) Sycamore Glen 18 x 24in (Painted circa 1924.)

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Lot 67
William Wendt
(1865-1946)
Sycamore Glen 18 x 24in

Sold for US$ 18,825 inc. premium
William Wendt (1865-1946)
Sycamore Glen
signed, dated, and dedicated 'To My Friends The Frazees- / February 14th. 19 [...] / ·1924· WILLIAM WENDT.' (lower right), titled (on the stretcher bar)
oil on canvas
18 x 24in
Painted circa 1924.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Stendahl Art Galleries, Los Angeles, California.
    Estate of Nicholas L. Frazee, San Diego, California.

    Literature
    J.A. Walker, Documents on the Life and Art of William Wendt, California's Painter Laureate of the Paysage moralise, Big Pine, 1992, no. 692, p. 191.

    The dedication to 'The Frazees' may possibly refer to Isaac Jenkinson Frazee (1858-1942) and Bettie Shryock Dickinson Frazee of Laguna Beach, California, whose friendship with William and Julia Bracken Wendt is well-documented. Isaac Jenkinson Frazee is best-remembered today as the 'Dean of Laguna Beach' and counted artists Joseph Kleitsch, Anna Hills, Clarence Hinkle, and Karl Yens among his close friends. Isaac Frazee was a painter, dramatist, and writer who cultivated the vibrant art scene in Laguna Beach in the early 1920s. A native of Indiana, Frazee and his wife Bettie moved to San Diego but wintered in Laguna Beach starting in 1921. In that year, they debuted a performance of his pageant Kitshi-Manido (Great Spirit), which was a fundraiser for Laguna's first art gallery. This pageant was so successful and galvanizing that it was repeated in 1928, and is thought of today as the precursor to the annual Pageant of the Masters.

    Isaac Jenkinson Frazee is distantly related to Nicholas L. Frazee's grandfather Samuel Robert Frazee (1876-1946) who founded the Frazee Paint & Wallcovering in San Diego in 1896, and may also have known Wendt in his lifetime.
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