|Title:||Sydney Lawrance Painting|
|Description:||Painting of Mt McKinley, Alaska by Sydney Laurence|
|Condition:||Good. Needs cleaning and to be remounted on frame|
|Provenance:||Baught at gallery in 1960s|
|Appraised By:||Sara Kinch|
|Appraiser Comments:||Thank you for the information and additional photos. The artwork submitted for inquiry appears to be an original oil painting on canvas that has been created by an artist who has not signed the artwork. The information that is printed on the label attached to the reverse of the painting is a reference to the artist as being Sydney Mortimer Laurence (1865 - 1940) United States. Sydney Laurence was born in Brooklyn, New York and studied at the Art Students League in New York City. Sydney Laurence is well-known for his paintings of the Alaskan frontier and he is especially-noted for his paintings of Mount McKinley, which is located in Alaska. The letters which follow the artist's name printed on the label attached to the painting are most likely a reference to the Royal Society of British Artists. Sydney Laurence resided in Cornwall, England from 1889 to 1903 or 1904. This date varies from different resources. While in England he became a member of and exhibitor at the Royal Society. It is generally accepted that Laurence went to Alaska in 1904 (or 1903) to prospect for gold. After abandoning golc prospecting, the artist began painting the beautiful and unique landscape of the Alaskan Territory. Subject matter for Laurence also included historical scenes of the figures who worked and lived in the Alaskan frontier. Images of trappers, miners, native Alaskans and fishing boats and fishermen made up a large part of this artist's body of work. But it is the landscape scenes of Mount McKinley for which Sydney Laurence is most-esteemed. Sydney Laurence is associated with an art style known as Tonalism and although he only stayed in California for brief periods of time, he is considered by some to be a California School artist. Sydney Laurence was active for the most part in Anchorage, Alaska where he passed away in 1940. The oil painting and three sketches that you have submitted for inquiry appear similar in style, subject matter, media used to produce the paintings and time period for completion to recognized and catalogued artworks by Sydney Laurence. The most complete oil painting on canvas that you possess is completed in 1924 as per the information listed on the label which is attached to the reverse of the artwork. The 1920's was a time period when the artist produced his most desirable images of Mount McKinley. Sketch #1 is similar to a more complete oil painting on canvas created by Laurence which sold at Sotheby's NYC at an auction in November of 2007. Sketch #2 is similar to an oil on canvas by Laurence titled "August Afternoon" which sold at auction at Couer D' Alene on 7/30/05. Sketch #3 is similar to an oil on canvas by Laurence titled "Evening Light", completed in 1927 and sold at Sotheby's NYC on 3/25/97. The view depicted in the painting and sketches that you possess is a typical view which includes the Tokositna River. Unfortunately, none of the artworks submitted for inquiry bear the artist's signature. But I am fairly confident in stating that the works are most likely created by Sydney Mortimer Laurence. For the purpose of this appraisal, the oil painting on canvas is evaluated as an original painting created by Sydney Laurence. The three individual sketches are evaluated as "attributed to" Sydney Laurence. The three sketches may have values of approximately $500.00 each. These values are separate and not a part of the values stated for the individual oil painting on canvas. Thank you for your inquiry. Sara Kinch|
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