Three (3) works attributed to Thomas Clark (United Kingdom, working 19th century). 1st item: Oil on canvas painting depicting a classical pastoral scene of a partially nude nymph and a group of shepherds in a landscape setting. Possible illegible signature. Title and numbers in pencil, en verso of stretcher. Housed in a gilt and red painted wooden frame. Sight – 11 5/8" H x 13 1/2" W. Framed – 14 3/4" H x 17 5/8" W. 2nd-3rd items: Two (2) ink and wash on paper drawings depicting groups of people. Possible signature, lower right under mat to one drawing. Matted and housed under glass in metallic wooden frames. Sights range in size from 4 5/8" H x 6 5/8" W to 7 3/4" H x 9 1/8" W. Frames in size from 9 5/8" H x 11 5/8" W to 11" H x 12 3/8" W. Mid 19th century. Note: Artist attribution comes from an inventory made by late owner Thomas Wheelock. There were multiple Thomas Clarks working in the UK in the 19th century; it is unclear which of them may have created these works. Provenance: a Middle Tennessee estate, by descent from Thomas G.B. Wheelock. Note: Thomas G.B. Wheelock was known as an astute collector of African Art and co-author of the book "Land of the Flying Masks: Art & Culture in Burkina Faso". He also inherited a sizeable collection of Asian, British, and military related antiques from his grandparents, Gilded Age tycoon George Briggs Buchanan of New York, and William and Margaret Wheelock, who owned a Scottish manor home known as Bunker Hill. (Margaret Carmichael Wheelock was also a founding partner of the fashion firm Farquharson & Wheelock in New York). See other related lots in this auction, including an archive containing receipts for furnishings for Bunker Hill. CONDITION: 1st item: Overall good condition. Area of paint loss, largest 1/4", top edge of canvas. Areas of loss to varnish along bottom quadrant of painting. Overall surface grime. 2nd-3rd items: Overall good condition with toning/mat burn. Not examined outside of frames.
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