Large James Wiley Wallace (J. W. Wallace, Knoxville, 1852-1921) oil on canvas of a pastoral scene depicting a herd of sheep and winding stream in the foreground and dwellings in the left background. Signed J. W. Wallace 1907 in the lower right corner. Provenance – descended through the Gagg estate of Knoxville, TN. Sight 35 5/8" x 17 5/8", frame 40 3/4" x 22 1/2". Note – J. W. Wallace played a prominent role in the Knoxville art scene at the turn of the 20th century. He had no fewer than 16 original works exhibited at the 1910 Appalachian Exposition of Fine Art in Knoxville in addition to 7 monotypes. James Wiley Wallace was the son of W.W. Wallace, an ardent secessionist. James was a 1876 graduate of the University of Tennessee. In addition to being an artist who depicted rural life and regional history, he served as editor and chief of the Knoxville Daily Tribune from 1880-1887 and a justice of the peace in the mid 1890s. An interesting 1882 Harrisburg, PA newspaper article references a street encounter between William Rull, editor of the Republican "Chronicle" and Wallace, editor of the Democratic "Tribune". The Knoxville street altercation stemmed from a derogatory article written by Rull about Wallace. Rull struck Wallace and Wallace responded by drawing a revolver and firing at Rull, missing him. Condition: A few small inpainted spots in the left sky (less than 1/16" diameter) and crackelure in the left sky area. Retains the original stretcher, untouched canvas, period frame by Gagg of Knoxville but not original.
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