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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

      Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Santa Monica
      Gary Snyder Fine Art, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owners

    • Exhibited

      New York, Garth Greenan Gallery, Ralph Humphrey: Monochromes, September 6 - October 20, 2018

    • Literature

      William S. Wilson, “Ralph Humphrey: An Apology for Painting”, Artforum, November 1977, vol. 16, no. 3, p. 54 (illustrated)
      Barry Schwabsky, “Ralph Humphrey” Artforum, December 2018, vol. 57, no. 4, online (illustrated)

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



oil on canvas
69 7/8 x 60 1/8 in. (177.7 x 152.7 cm)
Painted in 1959.

Full Cataloguing

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $107,100

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

New York 8 December 2020