Tom Lovell (1909-1997) George Washington 16 x 24in (Executed circa 1950s.)

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Lot 169
Tom Lovell
(1909-1997)
George Washington 16 x 24in

Sold for US$ 6,250 inc. premium
Tom Lovell (1909-1997)
George Washington
signed 'Tom / Lovell' (lower right)
mixed media on board
16 x 24in
Executed circa 1950s.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Country Store Gallery, Austin, Texas.
    Acquired by the late owner from the above, 1983.

    Upon acquiring the present work, the artist wrote to L.D. Brinkman detailing his intentions in conveying the monumental figure that was George Washington in this unique, commissioned portrait illustration:

    "This was done as an illustration for True, the men's magazine, back in the 50s. It was a biographical article showing that George Washington was not always the calm, cool 'Father of his Country' but a real man, sometimes shaken by anger and passion. The action in this lower part shows him at the Battle of Long Island, trying to stem the retreat of his troops, who were routed by the British - all this seen as a foil to the familiar portrait done in cool colors at the top of the painting."1

    1 Tom Lovell, unpublished letter.
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