Oil on board painting attributed to Cornelius Hankins (Mississippi/Tennessee, 1863-1946), titled en verso "The Old Absinthe House," also inscribed "Wemyss" en verso. An impressionistic rendering of the historic New Orleans watering hole at night. Unsigned. 8" x 10" sight, 13-1/2" x 15-1/2" framed. Provenance: the estate of Margaret Wemyss Connor. Note: the attribution to Hankins is made due to the fact that this painting descended to Mrs. Connor from her parents, William Hatch Wemyss and Helen Peters Wemyss (and stepmother, Ellen Wemyss), along with a companion scene of a New Orleans courtyard, similar in style, of the same size and also oil on board, signed by Hankins (that painting remains in the family). The Wemyss family were devoted patrons of Hankins. They commissioned him to paint several works including a portrait of Helen Wemyss and depictions of the family gardens at Fairvue Plantation in Gallatin, Tennessee. Condition: Excellent condition.
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