Artwork from the Collection of Artist James D. Smillie
Lot 290 in Swann’s April 29 auction is Smillie’s The Rocky Mountains (Lander’s Peak), set of 12 engravings after Albert Bierstadt, progressive proofs, 1865-66. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.
This Spring, Swann is pleased to offer a selection of works from the collection of American painter/printmaker James D. Smillie.
Smillie (1833-1909), a New York artist known for his engravings and landscape paintings, owned these works in the late 19th century and then the pieces descended through his family to the current owners.
Significant works from Smillie’s collection are also offered in our June 12 American Art auction. These include a recently discovered pen and ink drawing by Winslow Homer–a study for his watercolor Fresh Air, 1878, now in the Brooklyn Museum of Art–as well as a pen and ink still life by John LaFarge and several Hudson River School oils by Smillie himself.
Winslow Homer’s Study for Fresh Air, pen and ink, circa 1878, is documented in literature dating back to 1879. Estimate $40,000 to $60,000. At auction June 12.