Lot 213
Property from the Estate of Arthur J. Phelan, Jr.

John Ferguson Weir (American 1841-1926)
View of a Room Inside the U.S. Capitol
Unsigned and inscribed "Westward the Star of Empire Takes its Way" in progress at the National Capitol by E. Leutze l.r.
Ink and pencil on grid paper, with P&P Commercial blind stamp l.r.; with toning around edges, hinged with archival tape along upper edge. Framed.
Sheet size: 5 x 8 in (12.7 x 20.3 cm)
Estimate $800-1,200

Fahlman, Betsy. John Ferguson Weir: The Labor of Art (American Arts Series), University of Delaware Press, 1997, p 34.

On a later visit, however, the younger artist was able to talk with the older painter. While he observed Leutze, he made a sketch, "Westward the Star of Empire Takes its Way/In Progress at the National Capitol." He records the artist standing, brush and maulstick in hand, on a scaffold equipped with a chair, stool, and table. A visitor stands close to the canvas while an assistant is busy with the cartoon on the left, with a man posing to his right...

Hinged at two areas along upper edge with fabric based tape, slight toning around outer edges that had been covered with matting, embossed blindstamp on l.r. corner

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Sold for $2,000