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  • Property from the Collection of Pamela K. and William A. Royall Jr.

    The present work arrives at auction from the collection of pioneering Virginia-based philanthropists Pamela and William Royall, prominent collectors of 20th century and contemporary art in the American South. The collection reflects their broad interests, from well-known artists from the 20th century to emerging and established Black artists. Committed arts patrons and forces of change in Richmond, the Royalls spearhead the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’s recent acquisition of Kehinde Wiley’s sculpture Rumors of War as board members of the institution and were instrumental to the museum’s expansion of the diversity of its collection. Believing in a vision of greater inclusivity for Richmond, the Royalls established a non-profit art gallery for the collection, Try-me, which was open without charge to the public, which fostered a space for local artists and education. 

    • Provenance

      George D. Widner, Philadelphia
      Private Collection (acquired by descent from the above)
      Christie's, New York, March 3, 2011, lot 176
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owners

    • Exhibited

      New York, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1942 (another variant exhibited)
      New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Artists for Victory, An Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, December 7, 1942 – February 22, 1943, p. 27 (another variant exhibited)
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The 138th Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, February 1943 (another variant exhibited)
      New York, American Artists Professional League, American Art Week, November 1944 (another variant exhibited)

    • Literature

      Shirley Reiff Howarth, Jennewein Tampa, 1980, pp. 126-127 (another variant illustrated)

Property from the Collection of Pamela K. and William A. Royall Jr.



incised with the artist's signature and date "C.P. JENNEWEIN 19©39" on the base
bronze with verdigris patina
87 x 22 x 20 in. (221 x 55.9 x 50.8 cm)
Conceived in 1939, this work was cast circa 1942.

Full Cataloguing

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $37,800

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20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York 8 December 2020