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George Ames Aldrich (Indiana/Illinois/Massachusetts, 1872-1941) oil on canvas marine painting titled “Low Tide in Holland” depicting a figure atop a horse drawn wagon beside a ship moored on a beach at low tide, the ocean visible in the background beneath an evening sky. Signed and dated “G. Ames Aldrich 1919″ lower right. Housed in a carved giltwood frame. Sight: 24 1/2″ H x 29 1/2″ W. Framed: 32 1/2″ H x 37 1/2” W. Biography: “George Ames Aldrich was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on June 3, 1872. His early art experience took place in the 1890’s while living in Europe. He studied art in the Midwest, the East Coast, and throughout Europe, becoming a successful and respected etcher and painter. He worked as an illustrator for both Punch magazine and The London Times in the 1890’s. Returning to the United States, he became a member of the Art Students’ League in New York City. Soon thereafter, it is thought he may have studied architecture at M.I.T. in Massachusetts, and his experience there is evident in the buildings and houses in many of his landscapes. Aldrich continued his art education in Paris, attending Academies Julian and Colarossi, and later joining the Societe des Artistes Francais. Between 1909 and 1910, Aldrich lived with artist/instructor Dieppe, completing many of his paintings in Normandy and Brittany. In 1918, Aldrich arrived in Chicago and became involved with the South Bend art scene during the 1920s. Aldrich exhibited regularly at the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a member of the Chicago Galleries Association, the Hoosier Salon, and the Chicago Society of Painters and Sculptors. In 1924, he won an architectural club traveling scholarship and traveled to Europe to paint in England, Germany, Spain, Italy, and France. His work is represented in many museums throughout the world, and many private and corporate collections carry his work including the Union League of Chicago and the War Mothers Building in Washington DC. He died in Chicago in 1941.” (adapted from Michael David Zellman, 300 Years of American Art and William Gerdts, Art Across America).
PROVENANCE: The Collection of Griff and Dallas Adams, Johnson City, Tennessee. Property descending from the collection of TN Supreme Court Justice Thaddeus Cox and Pearl Cox, originally housed in “The Oaks”, Johnson City, TN.
CONDITION: Overall very good condition with craquelure. Frame with natural age shrinkage, areas of loss, largest 1 1/4″ x 2 3/4″, to gilt. Blacklight indicates possible light overpainting of anchor line, part of sails, and back of horse.