Thomas Hicks, 1875
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Oil painting from Thomas Hicks, 1823-1890.
Member of National Academy, important 19th century American artist.
15" X 23 1/2" superb antique oil painting on canvas, signed T. Hicks and dated 1875 upper left hand corner in a museum quality antique original gilded frame 26 1/4" X 34 3/4"
The painting is in excellent restored condition. No crackling. The canvas has been relined but long ago. We had the painting cleaned and restored in two dime-sized areas on the bottom by a museum qualified art conservator. Her report and photos of "before and after" will be available to the new owner!
The antique original frame in excellent antique condition.
THOMAS HICKS (1823-1890) National Academy Member, American. Birth place: Newtown, Bucks County, PA. Death place: Trenton Falls, NY. Profession: Portrait, landscape, and genre painter. Studied: with Edward Hicks (c.1836, at age 13); member of PAFA and NAD (before 1845); Europe (1845-49): London, Florence, Rome, and in Paris with Thomas Couture. Exhibited: NAD, 1839-91; PAFA, 1854-67, 1878, 1888; Brooklyn AA, 1861-79 Member: NA. Works : Modern Museum of Art; New York High School; North Carolina Museum of Art; Boston Athenaeum; U.S. Capitol Bldg.; Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Ctr., Williamsburg, VA (Edward Hicks) Comments: One of Hicks' earliest works was a portrait of his first cousin and teacher, Edward Hicks, painted about 1839 when Thomas was just a teenager. This painting has sold for $300,000 in auction. In 1849, after having studied in NYC, Philadelphia, and Europe, Thomas settled in NYC and became a popular portraitist, his style evolving from a soft and brushy manner to a highly realistic one. He painted many famous Americans, including Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and William Cullen Bryant. His portrait of Lincoln was reproduced as an engraving and widely distributed. He also painted genre scenes and landscapes, of which this is a very good example.. Sources: G&W; DAB; George A. Hicks, "Thomas Hicks"; Rutledge, PA; Cowdrey, NAD; Cowdrey, AA & AAU; Swan, BA; Rutledge, MHS; CAB; Tuckerman; Fairman, Art and Artists of the Capitol. More recently, see Baigell, Dictionary; and Naylor, NAD; 300 Years of American Art, vol. 1, 200; Falk, Exh. Record Series.
Additional Notes: Thomas Hicks paintings are now in at least 13 different American Museums: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Yale University Art Gallery, National Portrait Gallery--Smithsonian Institution, Boston Athenaeum, Museum of Fine Arts, The Baltimore Museum of Art , North Carolina Museum of Art, The Newark Museum, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, National Academy of Design, New York Historical Society, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Elisha Kent Kane Historical Society. Needless to say, he is listed in all the major art reference sources such as Artnet.com, Artprice.com, Askart.com, Davenport, Who Was Who in American Art, etc.