The American and Canadian Salon
March 20 — 25, 2021
Auction begins to close at 2 pm ET
WILLIAM CHARLES PALMER (1906-1987)
Lot 217 Details
WILLIAM CHARLES PALMER (1906-1987), American
SEA SHELLS AND SAND, 1936
egg emulsion tempera on board; signed 'William C. Palmer' and dated '36 lower left, titled, dated 1936 and inscribed from the artist's address at 220 West 16th Street, New York City verso
24 ins x 30 ins; 61 cms x 76.2 cms
Midtown Galleries, New York gallery label verso;
Tomlin Fine Arts, Santa Monica, CA gallery label verso
3rd Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, November 10 to December 10, 1936 label verso, inscribed 'William C. Palmer'. This work, Cat. No. 39 in the exhibition, hung in Gallery III.
This important 1936 exhibition included 123 American artists where Palmer's "Sea Shells and Sand" was featured alongside works by great American masters such as Edward Hopper; Reginald Marsh; William Glackens and Arthur Dove.
In 1930, Palmer came to Canada to stay with his sister. It was there that he began painting Iowa landscapes from sketches he created over the years as he returned to Iowa each summer to visit family. He returned to New York in 1932 with paintings for the Midtown Gallery and from then on, he exhibited every two to three years.
"Sea Shells and Sand" was exhibited at the Midtown Gallery when the artist resided at 220W 16th Street, N.Y.C.