November 15-17, 2013
Percival Leonard Rosseau
(Louisiana/Connecticut/North Carolina, 1859-1937) "October" 1927, four dogs drinking from a stream, signed lower left "Rosseau/1927" and inscribed verso original backing board "October…$750", oil on canvas, 18 x 24-1/8 in.; wood frame,
restretched on original stretcher, flaking at top left corner
Lot Notes: "October" was executed for the 1929 International Agriculture Corporation calendar, published by Robert Chapman, New York. This lot is accompanied by a series of 19 letters from Percival Rosseau to David Long and other associates on both Overhills, North Carolina and Grassy Hill, Old Lyme Connecticut letterhead. These documents are an important achive related to this painting and others that were used as illustrations in advertising calenders. In one letter Rosseau states, "I saw Mr. Ewing a few days ago and saw your 1932 calender at his office. He gave me a copy of it but Mrs. Percy Rockefeller took it away from him so that if you own spare one or has [sic] more I shall be very glad to have them." Other paintings noted by Rosseau are "Sensation (Gus Pointing)", "Dixieland" as well as various sketches. The lot is also accompanied by lithographs within a scrapbook reproducing "October" and others.
Purchased from the artist by David D. Long, Sr; Estate of David D. Long, Jr.
Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000