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Emil Carlsen : Sailor’s wife, 1876.

Emil Carlsen Sailor's Wife, 1876
Emil Carlsen Sailor’s Wife, 1876


ECA Record Control Number: 3512

Archives of American Art #: -none-

Record Level: Item

Record Type: Movable Work

Work Title: Sailor’s Wife

Alternate Work Titles:
1876: Northern Star [from attached poem on verso of painting]

Work Date: 1876

Work Creator: Emil Carlsen [1848-1932]

Work Medium: Oil on canvas
Work Dimensions: 15 x 26 inches

Inscribed/Signed Front:
Location: At lower left.
Dated: Yes.
Text: ‘S. Emile Carlsen ’76’.

Marking: Verso label
Location: unknown.
Description: [Vose Gallery label]
Text: unknown.

Marking: Paper label over loose paper
Location: verso.
Description: Handwritten poem on an old paper label adhered to protective cardboard backing
Text: The “Northern Star” / Sailed o’er the bar / Bound for the Baltic sea. / O, the morning gray / When she sailed away / Was a weary day for me.

ECA Category: People
ECA Sub-Category: Genre

Archives of American Art Subjects:
Figure female
Figure female — Full length
Landscape — Beach
Waterscape — Boat

Description of Work:
Horizontal composition of a woman with walking stick on a beach bluff overlooking a sea with sailboat on a cloudy horizon with three white flying birds. In the foreground of the painting is a brown toned beach with scrub grass and lighter brown toned beach. In the mid-ground of the painting is a woman with her back to the viewer in a dark red full length coat with a walking stick (maybe a seaweed rack) with a white hat to the left center of the canvas. The horizon line if just above the vertical center of the canvas. The background is a brown-toned sea with three white flying birds to the right of the canvas and a small white sailed boat on the horizon. The background sky is toned a grey-brown-green with heavy dark cloud base. [ECA]

2009 Heritage Auctions, Inc. [1976- ], 17th Floor, 3500 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
before 2008 Private collection judge Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. [1918-2008], Indianapolis, IN
after 1876 Vose Galleries [1841- ], 238 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
1876 Emil Carlsen [1848-1932], the artist

Exhibition History:
2009 Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, TX, “Sale”, June 10.

– “Sailor’s Wife.” Wikioo.org. Updated unknown. Accessed October 11, 2016. http://wikioo.org/ko/paintings.php?refarticle=8YDSMT&titlepainting=Sailor%27s%20Wife&artistname=Soren%20Emil%20Carlsen
– Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, TX, Sale Catalog, “Sale”, June 10, 2009, lot# 77022.

Related Works:
– Signal To The Bathers, ca.1874 [similar horizontal composition of figures with ship in the distance and close date]

ECA Notes:

Price History:
2009 – $10,760 USD


Document Information

Digital-born Document Number:

Digital Document Provenance:
Original compiled and researched document by the Emil Carlsen Archives, 266 West 21st Street, Suite 4E, New York, NY 10011.

Document License:
Creative Commons Corporation shareAlike (sa) license. Some of the information contained within this document may hold further publication restrictions depending on final use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine.

Image License:
The author of this artwork died more than 70 years ago. According to U.S. Copyright Law, copyright expires 70 years after the author’s death. In other countries, legislation may differ.

Record Birth Date:
August 10, 2014

Last Update:
October 11, 2016