Julius LeBlanc Stewart (American, 1855–1919)
Gypsy Girl (also titled Spanish Girl)
Illegibly dedicated, inscribed, signed and dated 'To Harry [Henry?] *arson/Souvenir of/JL Stewart/75' bottom right, oil on canvas
45 x 30 in. (114.3 x 76.2cm)
provenance:
Collection of Eleanor and Malcom Polis, Pennsylvania.
Plymouth Meeting Gallery, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.
Acquired directly from the above.
Private Collection, New Hope, Pennsylvania.
literature:
Ulrich W. Hiesinger, Julius LeBlanc Stewart: American Painter of the Belle Epoque, Vance Jordan Fine Art Inc., New York, 1998, Plate I, p. 72 (illustrated).
note:
Few of Julius LeBlanc Steward's early works from the 1870s still survive. The present work is the second known painting Stewart did while working under Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta's (1841-1920) supervision, following an Oriental Still Life from 1872. As explained by Ulrich W. Hiesinger: "From 1875 comes Stewart's earliest known complete figure study, a canvas representing a young girl in peasant costume, the so-called Spanish Girl. It is a familiar costume piece suitable to a studio environment but already demonstrates considerable independence in its strong characterization of the model and vigorous handling of paint."

Estimate $20,000-30,000

Sold for $25,000 (buyer's premium included)