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The Volante at Habana

Possibly 1835-1840
Origin: America, Pennsylvania (probably) or New York
Primary Support: 9 3/8 x 12 3/8in. (23.8 x 31.4cm) and Framed: 10 3/16 x 14 3/8in.
Watercolor and ink on wove paper
Gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller
Acc. No. 1931.301.10
A depiction of a dark brown horse pulling an open two-wheeled chaise or cart, a dark-skinned man riding the horse postillion. The rider wears a scarlet coat, white breeches, and a black top hat. The chaise is painted green with yellow pin-striping, and it bears two women wearing white dresses and carrying fans.
The 3/4-inch gilded and molded cyma recta frame is a modern addition.
Provenance:Found in New York, NY; Edith Gregor Halpert, Downtown Gallery, New York, NY; on 10 July 1931, bought from Halpert by Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., by whom given to CWF.
Mark(s):A watermark in the primary support reads: "C Wise 1835".
Inscription(s):Inscribed in ink in script in the lower left margin is: "The Volante at Habana ---".