Revere Auctions
Live Auction

2nd Annual Minnesota Art and History

Wed, May 17, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 364

B.S. Hays Genre Painting with Children

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000

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Barton Stone "B.S." Hays (American, 1826-1914). Oil on canvas genre painting depicting an interior scene with children and a nursemaid.

Although Hays initially gained popularity for his portraiture - such as his painting of then-governor of Indiana, William Henry Harrison - his focus shifted to still life paintings after his move to Minneapolis and it was these realistic paintings that were his most popular. He also created panorama paintings such as his painting depicting scenes from Harriet Beecher Stowe's iconic novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Height: 29 in x width: 36 in.


Stretcher bar mark along the upper and lower margins. To the center of the right and left margins and to the center, there is a sign of restoration; along the verso, the aforementioned areas at patched; please see the listing image. Along the sides of the canvas, the canvas is heavily toned and has wear. Throughout the recto, there are several scattered areas of minute paint losses. To the upper right quadrant, there is an approx 1/4 inch big dent to the recto. Along the extreme edges, there is wear possibly against the old frame. To the lower left quadrant, there are a few scattered white paint residue; please see the listing image. To the lower right quadrant, there is an area, measuring 1/4 inch, that is possibly rubbed against. Along the verso, the canvas is heavily toned; the upper part of the verso could not be inspected due to the nature of how it is covered with cardboards as shown in the listing image.

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