Rachel V. Hartley (1884-1955) oil on canvas, open air or farmer's market scene, possibly New York's Lower East Side market, depicting vegetable vendors and their customers under an arched open air structure. Signed lower right "Rachel Hartley" and dated 1930. Period giltwood Newcomb Macklin style frame with incised side and corner decoration. 23 1/2" x 19" sight, 25 1/2" x 28 1/2" framed. Provenance: the estate of Luke Eldridge Wright, Memphis, Tennessee. Biography: Impressionist painter Rachel V. Hartley was the granddaughter of George Inness (1825-1894), and the daughter of sculptor Jonathan Hartley. She studied at the Art Students League of NY and in Paris. She later became a teacher of the League, and a member of the American Federation of the Arts and the National and Washington Arts clubs. Hartley also became a founder of the Clearwater Museum in Florida. Provenance: the estate of Luke Eldridge Wright, Memphis. CONDITION: Embrittled, thin canvas with vertical buckling. 2 significant areas of cleavage in center: first 2" H x 4" W center with significant cupping; second 3" H x 1" W center bottom with previous tear and old repair (significant loss, 1" H x 1/4" W, to this area). A patch (6" H x 8" W) evident en verso center bottom. Right side: 1/2" H x 1/4" W tear top right, thin patch en verso; small hole 5" from right side and 11" from top; 4 3/4" L vertical crease 1" from right side near bottom. Left side: 1" vertical split in canvas 2" from top and 2" from left side; old repair with patch (3" H x 1 1/2" W) evident en verso bottom quadrant.
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