Edward Lange (American, 1846-1912)The Shipman Family "Menagerie" or 300 at Stony Brook, Long Island
Signed lower right: "Edw. Lange 1882"
Grisaille watercolor on paper
12 _ x 20 inches
Lange depicted the Shipman house twice the other entitled The Shipman House, of the same year, 1882.
This watercolor and its mate are pictured in Dean F. Failey's book "Edward Lange's Long Island." William Shipman kept a menagerie of exotic animals behind his residence facing Cedar Street, including peacocks, cattle and "camelopards" (giraffes), as seen in the image. Game Cock a boat house still on Long Island at the time of Failey's publication (1979), and probably still standing, is all that remains of the prominent Shipman Estate.
Provenance: South Bay Auctions, East Moriches, 2000; Valdemar F. Jacobsen
Literature: Illustrated, Dean F. Failey and Zachary N. Studenroth, "Edward Lange's Long Island, Setauket: Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities," 1979, p. 47, pl. 46.
Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000