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Robert Wadsworth Grafton (American, 1876 - 1936), Boy and Collie, 1919, oil on canvas, signed

Robert Wadsworth Grafton (American, 1876 - 1936), Boy and Collie, 1919, oil on canvas, signed

Item Description:

Signed lower right, framed


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


Private collection, New York


Sight: Height 28 in. x Width 28 in.

Frame: Height 34 in. x Width 34 in.

About The Artist:

Robert Wadsworth Grafton was an American painter and muralist born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1876. He traveled throughout his youth and eventually settled in Michigan City, Indiana, where he died in 1936.

Wadsworth Grafton studied at the Chicago Academy of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the AcadŽmie Julian in Paris. Established in 1868, the AcadŽmie was alternative to the official École des Beaux Arts. The school was particularly popular among Americans and associated with several modern art movements including Les Nabis.

Paintings by the artist are included in the following collections, among others: The Delgado Museum, New Orleans, The New Orleans Artists Association, Northwestern University, The Art Association of Richmond, Indiana, and the American Embassy in Paris.

Wadsworth Grafton was an accomplished and sought after portrait painter. He is perhaps best known for his portraits of politicians. U.S. Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover as well as several Indiana governors sat for the artist.

This work illustrates Wadsworth Grafton's connection to Impressionism as well as more Academic traditions. The portrait of a young boy and his dog is sweet and sentimental. The work was likely commissioned by the child's relatives and hung in a family residence.


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