Important American and European Paintings — June 12, 2012 Auction Results

Back to Lots ›

Lot 22

22: George Henry Hall (American, 1825-1913)
22: George Henry Hall (American, 1825-1913)
22: George Henry Hall (American, 1825-1913)
22: George Henry Hall (American, 1825-1913)
22: George Henry Hall (American, 1825-1913)
22: George Henry Hall (American, 1825-1913)
22: George Henry Hall (American, 1825-1913)
22: George Henry Hall (American, 1825-1913)

George Henry Hall (American, 1825-1913)

George Henry Hall (American, 1825-1913)

A Plea for Peace, 1861

Signed and dated lower left “”G.H. Hall / 1861″”
Oil on board
18 3/4 x 15 inches

Provenance: Late Ms. Delia P. Frissora of Watertown, Mass.

Other Notes: This work was purportedly loaned to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1972.

George Henry Hall’s A Plea for Peace
called into question the feminine qualities generally associated with floral still-lifes. Hall, who earlier in his career painted historical and allegorical subjects, managed to reflect the political turbulence of the times by depicting flowers in patriotic colors sitting in a rifle. In doing so Hall juxtaposed the fragility and vibrancy of the flowers with a sense of impending destruction. Painted in 1861 at the beginning of the American Civil War, A Plea for Peace
sent a clear message of what was at stake for a country newly at war.”

Estimate: $25,000-45,000

Property of Various Owners

Price Realized: $86,800