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WILLIAM JOSEPH McCLOSKEY
(American, 1859-1941)
Valencia Oranges
1889, oil on canvas
signed and dated W.J. McCloskey 1889, l.r.
11 x 24 in., frame: 20 x 33 in.

Provenance: William O''Leary & Co. Fine Arts, Detroit (label verso); Babcock Galleries, New York (property of Rebecca Dalesio, wife of Babcock Gallery director Carmine Dalesio) (label verso); private collection, Sedona, Arizona.


Exhibitions: First Fine Arts Exhibition of the Detroit International Fair, Detroit, Michigan, September 17 - 28, 1889, cat. no. 163. Listed as no. 163 on pg. 38, stamped 163 on stretcher bar, partial label verso with title, artist''s name, and cat. no. 163. Accompanied by a copy of the exhibition catalogue.

Other Notes: A 1889 work titled "Valencia Oranges" is recorded in the catalogue of known artworks in Nancy Dustin Wall Moure''s monograph ( Partners in Illusion: Alberta Binford and William J. McCloskey, The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, CA, 1996, cat. no. 89.16W). That work was no. 184 at the American Art Galleries, New York "Fifth Prize Fund Exhibition", 1889.


  • Condition: Canvas lined using removable Beva product and vacuum table; two pencil-point spot of inpainting visible under UV examination in u.r. quadrant in dark blue background; scattered restoration along lines of craquelure, particularly in white paint of tissue and in dark background.


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