Victor Coleman Anderson (Texas/New York, 1882-1937) oil on canvas painting, together with three pencil studies for this work. 1st item: Victor Anderson oil on canvas titled "Barn Swallow – Children Playing in Hay Loft", circa 1935. Depicting children swinging from the rafters of a barn onto the hay below, signed lower right, Victor C. Anderson. Likely housed in the original molded gilt wood frame. Mongerson Wunderlich Galleries, Chicago label en verso, lower left. Sight – 29 7/8" H x 24 1/2" W. Framed – 34 3/8" H x 29 1/2" W. 2nd item: Vertical pencil sketch on paper, depicting female swinging from hook central, titled sketches for 'Barn Swallows' Helen Costello, Dick Anderson, Harry Bohenlos, upper mid-margin. Float mounted in a contemporary gilt frame. Sight – 10" H x 6 1/2" W. Framed 17" H x 13" W. 3rd item: Horizontal pencil sketch on paper, depicting several figures swinging and sliding, titled, signed and dated Jumping in the barn/ July 15, 1935/ VCA Large Oil 'Barn Swallows'. Float mounted in a contemporary gilt frame. Sight – 8 1/2" H x 11" W. Framed – 15 5/8" H x 18 1/4" W. 4th item: Horizontal pencil sketch on paper, titled, signed and dated Helen and Dick/ VCA /July 22, 1935. Float mounted in a contemporary gilt frame. Sight – 8 1/2" H x 11" W. Framed – 15 5/8" H x 18 1/4" W. Provenance: This painting descended directly from the artist's daughter Joan Anderson Howe. It was exhibited at Illustration House in 1989 and previously exhibited at Mongerson-Wunderlich Galleries in Chicago circa 1985. Letter of provenance from Illustration House, Inc., New York, accompanies this lot. Biography (courtesy Askart: The Artists' Bluebook): A painter and illustrator who lived briefly in Texas in the early 1930s, Victor Anderson spent most of his life in New York state, settling in White Plains where he died in 1937. He was the son of Frank Anderson, a Hudson River School painter, and although his father died when he was eight years old, Victor drew and painted from the time he was a youngster. When he enrolled in the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, he was accomplished enough to go directly into the life-drawing class. He studied with Birge Harrison at Woodstock, New York during one summer and also took classes from Hobart Nichols and Herman Dudley Murphy. In New York City, while he maintained a high-powered illustration career, he was an active fine-art painter and had memberships and exhibited at the Grand Central Art Galleries, Salmagundi Club and National Academy of Design. As an illustrator, he did commission work for magazines including Life, Woman's Home Companion, Collier's, Country Gentlemen and The Ladies Home Journal. He illustrated two children's books, Tommy Trot's Visit to Santa Claus and Moonbeam Wish Book. CONDITION: 1st item: Overall very good condition. Re-lined with new stretchers and wax treatment to back of canvas. Please refer to blacklight photos. 2nd-4th items: All three (3) sketches are in good condition with slight burn, curling, and losses to edges.
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