Witherell’s American West at Auction has a newly discovered Thomas Hill painting of Yosemite Valley, a Grace Hudson and an Horatio Nelson Poole live and online.

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  • May 03, 2018

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Am West Hill with frame
Am West Hudson child with fur

A newly discovered painting by Thomas Hill, “Silver Strand Falls,” that shows Yosemite Valley in its untouched beauty, a Grace Hudson of a Pomo child and a Horatio Nelson Poole Hawaiian landscape highlight Witherell’s Mary 17, 2017 American West at Auction live and online. 


WHO: Brian Witherell, Antiques Roadshow appraiser and Witherell’s Chief Operating Officer


WHAT: American West at Auction


WHEN: Auction: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. start, live and online

            Preview: Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


WHERE: Witherell’s Annex, 1925 C Street, Sacramento 95811, NW corner 20th & C Sts.


WHY: Some of the best art from Wyoming to Hawaii goes up for auction to the highest bidder. This is a very exciting way to buy unique and original objects of value with the American West theme.

The framed oil-on-canvas of a waterfall in Yosemite by Hill (1829-1908) is signed, "T. Hill" lower right. It measures 24.75 by 20-inch framed, 18.75 by 14-inch canvas. Considered one of the leading nineteenth-century landscape painters, Hill immigrated from England in 1844, studied art in Philadelphia and lived in Taunton, Ma. as well as San Francisco. He made his living from his art—Yosemite and the Grand Canyon being some of his favorite subjects.This Silver Strand Falls comes to Witherell’s from the Estate of Dr. James Andrew Crane, Lafayette, Calif., (1910-2007) and from there by family descent. It is valued at $5/10,000.


Grace Hudson’s (1865-1937) untitled framed oil on canvas from 1898 depicts a young child in a fur coat. Signed lower left, "G. Hudson," it is listed in “The Painter Lady, Grace Carpenter Hudson” by Searles Boynton as No. 152. It also is accompanied by a photograph of a 1987 Ted Samuel, San Francisco, an appraisal that includes the painting and is appraised at $35,000.00. The painting is 13 by 10.37-inch framed,   8.37 by 5.62-inch by sight.Born in California, Hudson’s showing “Little Mendocino” at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair launched her career. The appeal of her work then and now is in how she captured the local native Pomo people in their everyday activities and life.  Even though much of her work was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, impeccable records document the remaining art, which is photographed and numbered in sequence.From the collection of William Oliver, Berkeley, Ca, thence by direct family descent, this gem is estimated at $5/10,000.

Am West Poole landscape with frame


An untitled Horatio Nelson Poole (1884-1949) of the Hawaiian coast is signed lower right, "HN Poole / 1917" The framed oil on canvas board measures11 by 14 inch framed, 12.75 by 16-inch board. Poole’s work adds an interesting twist to the Plein Air school of painting. Pre-World War II paintings are highly sought after for their scarcity, but also because they record the pre-war life of the islands. This painting had sold only once before. Poole was born in New Jersey, but lived in Hawaii from 1914 to 1921.He had his own artist colony in Honolulu and while the scene is unknown, it is dated when he lived there. This unique painting is estimated at $5/10,000. 


About Witherell's Inc.

Founded in 1969, Witherell’s auctions of objects of value—from decorative arts and design to antiques and fine art—to the global online market and places items through private sales. For more information, visit www.witherells.com or call (916) 446-6490.


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About Witherell's

Founded in 1969, Witherell’s provides appraisals, private and estate sales, live and online auctions. The firm s part of half-a-dozen companies nationwide that sell fine art and antiques online through igavelauctions. For more information on Witherell’s, go to www.witherells.com

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