January 26, 2019 09:00 AM EST Asheville, North Carolina


William H. Willcox

(American, 1831-1929)

Skating on the Schuylkill, 1875, signed lower left "WH Willcox 1875", oil on canvas, 16-1/4 x 24-1/2 in.; reproduction gilt wood frame, 24-1/2 x 32-3/4 in.


Philadelphia was a center of skating in the mid-nineteenth century, when a group of gregarious gentlemen decided to form the Skaters' Club of the City and County of Philadelphia.  Not only was the club quite fashionable, it also had charitable functions.  Chief among them was rescuing hapless skaters from chilling waters, mostly those of the Schuykill River, resulting in the origin of the unusual name of "Humane Society" for a skating club.

Exhibited: "The Art of Figure Skating Through the Ages", Fenimore Museum, Cooperstown, New York, April 1 - December 31, 2017.

Provenance:Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York (label verso); The Skating Collection of Dick Button, New York


wax and linen lined, some tiny areas of retouch scattered throughout, especially ice foreground right, crackle; frame with wear, small chips and losses to gilt 

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
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