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Mon, Jul 31, 2023 02:00AM EDT - Fri, Aug 4, 2023 03:00PM EDT
Lot 348

James Topping (1879-1948) Landscape

Estimate: $650 - $950

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This is an a beautiful James Topping (1879-1948) landscape on canvas from the Sjaardema Art Collection. The work shows his iconic trees having a wonderful landscape. Landscape painter, James Topping, was born February 25, 1879, in Cleator Moor, Cumberland, England. He took his art training with John Adamson at Cumberland Technical School of Art in England in 1894-1896, and at the Art Institute of Chicago with Louis Wilson in 1904, 1909, 1912-1914. Topping lived, at various times, in England from 1879-1903, moving to Chicago from 1903-1922, and to Oak Park, Illinois from 1922, until his death on July 24, 1948. He married Emily Allen on October 16, 1904 in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Mr. Topping won many prizes for his paintings, among them, “Wind Among the Trees,” “Allegheny Mountains-Winter,” and “Indian Summer.” His works have been displayed in art salons across the country. He was considered especially superior in his treatment of skies. A native of Cumberland, England, Mr. Topping came to America in 1903. He began his career as a lithographer, but studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and turned to oil painting. He was treasurer and a director of the Palette and Chisel club, and a member of the Lithographers’ Club, the Oak Park Art League, and the Chicago Painters and Sculptors Association. The artwork is marked lower right James Topping. The piece has some crackling, down the center is a scratch exposing the canvas below, not a cut, also on left. Marked on back. Some chipping to the surface, slight. In an old gilt gold wood frame with chipping. Provenance: From the Henry and Jean Sjaardema Art Collection. Artwork canvas measures 21.5"L x 19.25”W and the frame is 26"L x 24”W. It is unclear if this is an original or a print on canvas.*

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