Here’s your chance to own a part of American history. Portrait painter Gilbert Stuart — who depicted George Washington in three different poses during the patriarch’s lifetime, as well as Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Paul Revere — is one of the highlights of this month’s American and Western Auction mounted at Dallas Auction Gallery. Stuart’s Portrait of George Washington, 1798 (estimate $150,000 to $250,000), forms the centerpiece of lots culled from the collection of legendary Dallas philanthropist and entrepreneur Sam Wyly. The charismatic, charitable king collected American treasures in a big way.
Watch for a study for what is considered regionalist Thomas Hart Benton’s crowning mural: his commission for the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, descended through the artist’s family (estimate $200,000 to $300,000). Another Wyly offering that wows is Norman Rockwell’s poignant comment on World War I, the original canvas for the March 1918 cover of Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly — Easter (Soldier Watering Tulip); the under-known painting by America’s most celebrated illustrator commands an auction estimate of $300,000 to $500,000, making it the top lot for the sale. (We hope Alice Walton is paying attention.)
Fine Art Auction featuring the Sam Wyly Collection, Wednesday, November 4, 6 pm.