Childe Hassam: The Room of Flowers: From the collection of Arthur G. Atschul; May 27, 1993; Lot 21, Sale 6429
Sotheby's New York, New York, 1993, Illustrated French Wraps, , , Near Fine
11 pp. One Lot. Minor wear to wraps. Laid-paper endpapers, with halftone photo of Celia Thaxter. A fold-out plate of the painting square to the long dimension (10.5''X10.5''). A photo of Thaxter's parlor, a photo of Thaxter in the garden, and a photo of the cottage with Thaxter on the steps. Two details of the painting. Childe Hassam's (1859-1935) The Room of Flowers (1894) 'was painted as a tribute to the poet and writer Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835-1894), to her parlor and to her garden upon which she lavished a great deal of her attention. . . During the summertime she ran Appledore House, a summer resort the Laighton family had founed in 1847 in partnership with Levi Thaxter. Among the summer guests, Mrs. Thaxter attracted a wide circle of artists, writers, and muscians and held an informal salon for favored visitors in her cottage parlor. Mrs. Thaxter developed a close relationship with Hassam, and he created the delicate series of watercolors which were used as headpieces and illustrations for Thaxter's last book, an Island Garden, a collection of poems which appeared just before her unexpected death in 1894.'