Thomas Hicks (American, 1823-1890), oil on canvas, fall landscape with stream, fence, and brilliant orange and yellow leafed trees, signed and dated, "T. Hicks, Oct. 11/78" lower right. Partial framer's label en verso. Handwritten on back of canvas: "To R.M.O. from T.H. Xmas 1878." Paper label "By Thomas Hicks N.A." en verso. Black painted wooden frame: 21" H x 17-5/8" W, canvas: 15-1/8" H x 12-1/4" W. Note: This painting has been added to the catalog raisonne on Thomas Hicks by Letha Clair Robertson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Texas at Tyler, who notes that Hicks' landscapes are rare and that RMO was most likely Robert M. Olyphant – a wealthy railroad financier and American art collector who was one of Hicks's patrons. Biography: A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Thomas Hicks was apprenticed to his cousin, Edward Hicks. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design (where he exhibited for many years). Provenance: a California collection. Condition: 2 1/2" diagonal jagged tear, left center in leaves. 3/8" tear in upper center right near tree tops.Two repair patches on back of canvas.
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