American, (1897-1968)
"Main Street, Gloucester, 1918"
oil on canvas
signed and dated lower left "Felicie Waldo Howell 1918"

oil on canvas
30 3/4 x 40 inches

  • Provenance: The artist; Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1919 (purchased from the annual exhibition); Galleries Maurice Sternberg, Chicago, Illinois, 1987; The estates of David and Eula Wintermann; Vincent Vallarino Fine Art, Ltd., New York, New York; Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts; Private Collection, New Jersey.
  • Exhibited: Washington, D.C., "Seventh Exhibition of Contemporary Oil Paintings," Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1918.
    Felicie Waldo Howell was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1897. By 1910, she had moved with her family to Washington D.C. She studied painting at the Corcoran Art School and the Philadelphia School of Design for Women. In 1917, in recognition of her young talent, she was asked to lead the summer painting class at what is now the Parsons School of Design.

    In 1919, Howell joined The Group, a successful group of women painters including Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, Laura Coombs Hills and Jane Peterson, among others. Howell was the youngest member of The Group by 21 years.

    As early as 1915, she participated in shows at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the National Academy of Design. In 1919, she submitted the present lot, Main Street, Gloucester, 1918, for exhibition to the Corcoran Gallery's annual exhibition. It purchased by the museum directly from the show for their permanent collection.

    In this painting, Howell captures the spirit of early 20th century Gloucester. The horse and buggy, early automobile and trolly car all share the same street. On the sidewalks, dozens of pedestrians peer into shop windows, stop to catch up with their neighbors and hurry across the street with their bundled packages. Main Street is the artery of the village, and the bustle and energy can be felt in Howell's impressionist composition.

    During her lifetime, Howell earned the prestigious Hallgarten Prize from the National Academy, earning full membership in 1945. In 1921, she was awarded the Peabody Prize from the Art Institute of Chicago and a silver medal from the Society of Washington Artists. Her paintings are included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

    Framed dimensions: 39 x 48 1/4 x 3 inches

    Tags: oil painting, Gloucester, Massachusetts, 20th century, American Impressionism
  • Condition: Strip lined canvas, overall very good condition, 3 inch area of restoration upper right corner, a few other very minor areas of restoration. In a quality reproduction frame.
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