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- Titles Seascape (View Near Newport, Rhode Island, off Bristol, Rhode Island) (Descriptive)
- Artist Alfred Thompson Bricher, American, 1837 - 1908
- Medium oil on canvas
- Dimensions 14 × 28 × 3/4 in. (35.6 × 71.1 × 1.9 cm) frame: 19 3/8 × 33 1/4 × 1 5/8 in. (49.2 × 84.5 × 4.1 cm)
- Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by the Harold and Regina Simon Fund, 2008.12
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- Inscription Recto, lower right: ATBricher [monogram signature] Verso, lower center of canvas, stamped in black ink: [shape of a palette, illeg] VOE ORK Verso, right of bottom stretcher rail, in white ink and upside down: V SPARK Verso, left of top stretcher rail, printed in black ink: 14 Verso, right of top stretcher rail, printed in black ink: 28 Verso, inscribed on four metal stretcher keys: PAT'D / FEB 13 / 1883 / JUNE 16 / 1885 / ADS Verso, upper left of backing board, filled-in gallery label: Subject Seascape / Artist Alfred T. Bricher / (1837 - 1908) / Size 13 5/8 x 27 1/2 No. 15180 / Oil on canvas / JAMES GRAHAM & SONS / 1014 MADISON AVENUE / NEW YORK 21, N. Y. Verso, upper left on previous backing board, in black ink: A15059 / 1 on 3 Verso, lower right, typed BMA label in black ink: Alfred Thompson Bricher / painting: Seascape (View Near Newport, RI Off Bristol, RI) / oil on canvas / Museum purchase with funds provided by the Harold and Regina / Simon Fund / 2008.12 Verso, left rail of frame, in graphite: #569 / on 19
- Provenance Alfred Thompson Bricher. Possibly with Alex Cooper Auctioneers, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland; purchased by Taylor, Graham & Sons, New York, at auction on June 24, 1968 [see note 1]; with Taylor, Graham & Sons, on joint account with Victor Spark, New York, 1968 [see note 2]; purchased by the Downtown Club, Birmingham, Alabama, June 21, 1973; transferred ownership when the Downtown Club merged with The Club, Birmingham, Alabama, 1994; purchased by the Birmingham Musuem of Art, Alabama, 2008
1. The purchase date of the painting by James Graham & Sons is from the Graham stock book, based on the gallery's stock number, 15180, on a label on the verso of the painting. The name of the auction company is slightly illegible in the stock book, but Alex Cooper Auctioneers, Inc., is the likely source. Correspondence between Cameron Shay, Director of Taylor-Graham Gallery, and Jim Wooten, BMA volunteer, December 7, 2016.
2. There is a folder for "Seascape" (Box 3, Folder 46) in the Victor Spark Papers at the Archives of American Art. This photograph contains a black and white photograph labeled with a Spark stock number on the reverse (S#5476), and the painting is inscribed on the reverse, "V SPARK." The Spark stock book for this period is not in the archive, but stock numbers found in sales ledgers suggest that a stock number of 5476 would have been assigned shortly before October 1968. This all suggests that Spark purchased interest in "Seascape" shortly after James Graham & Sons acquired it at auction.