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Inscription

lower right, incomplete, within broken arrowhead shape: R.A. Blakelock

Provenance

Lewis Bloomington Slocum [a.k.a. Lew Bloom]; his niece, The Oranges, New Jersey.[1] (sale, American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, New York, 29 October 1931, no. 62, as The Artist's Garden: East Orange, N.J.); Abner S. Werblin, Larchmont, New York;[2] (sale, American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, New York, 6 May 1937, no. 31, as The Artist's Garden: East Orange, N.J.); Chester Dale [1833-1962], New York; gift 1954 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1943
Paintings from the Chester Dale Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1943-1951, unnumbered cat., repro.
1965
The Chester Dale Bequest, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1965, unnumbered checklist.
Bibliography
1943
Paintings from the Chester Dale Collection. Philadelphia, 1943: unpaginated, repro., as The Artist's Garden, East Orange, New Jersey.
1964
Gerdts, William H. "Ralph Albert Blakelock in New Jersey." Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society 82 (April 1964): 126.
1965
Paintings other than French in the Chester Dale Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 37, repro.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 18, repro.
1975
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: 559, no. 849, color repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 29, repro.
1980
Wilmerding, John. American Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1980: no. 32, color repro.
1981
Williams, William James. A Heritage of American Paintings from the National Gallery of Art. New York, 1981: 183, repro. 184.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 557, no. 846, color repro.
1988
Wilmerding, John. American Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art. Rev. ed. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1988: 116, no. 35, color repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 34, repro.
1996
Kelly, Franklin, with Nicolai Cikovsky, Jr., Deborah Chotner, and John Davis. American Paintings of the Nineteenth Century, Part I. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1996: 41-45, color repro.
Technical Summary

The original medium-weight, plain-weave fabric support has been lined. The application of paint is varied and complex. A thin, light ground was applied overall, with a dark green wash laid over the ground in the lower half of the composition. Areas of impasto, usually corresponding to tufts of foliage, were built up into considerable relief. A resinlike layer blankets this lower half - thinner and translucent over the areas of green wash and thicker in the troughs between impasto. The islands of impasto rise up through this layer, often to the surface. Wrinkling and traction crackle are visible in the brown paint below the resinous layer. The sky is composed of variegated layers of pale and deeper blue paint, with additional resinlike coats and a blue glaze. Crackle has also developed throughout the thickly painted sky, which has been painted over the darker foreground area. Considerable and discolored overpainting and inpainting is apparent: throughout the sky; at the tree line; and along the bottom and lateral edges. Damage in the center of the sky was repaired prior to acquisition, resulting in a dull clouding of darker paint. The varnish is moderately discolored.