Isaac Snowman (British, 1874-1947) Footsteps  44 1/2 x 28in (113 x 71cm)
Lot 35W
Isaac Snowman
(British, 1874-1947)
Footsteps 44 1/2 x 28in (113 x 71cm)
US$ 60,000 - 80,000
£47,000 - 63,000

Lot Details
Isaac Snowman (British, 1874-1947) Footsteps  44 1/2 x 28in (113 x 71cm)
Isaac Snowman (British, 1874-1947)
Footsteps
signed 'I.Snowman' (lower right)
oil on canvas
44 1/2 x 28in (113 x 71cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Christopher Wood, London;
    Edward G. Robinson, Los Angeles;
    Sale, Sotheby's, New York, 18 April 2007, lot 57;
    with Kurt E. Schon, Ltd., New Orleans.

    Exhibited
    London, Royal Academy, 1901, #30.
    Odessa, Texas, Ellen Noel Museum of Art, Where Will You Travel Next?-Destinations in Paintings, November 2012-February 2013; Albany, New York, Albany Museum of Art, January-April 2014; Allentown, Pennsylvania, Allentown Museum of the Lehigh Valley, June-September 2014; Scranton, Pennsylvania, Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art, February-June 2015; Lakeland, Florida, Polk Museum of Art, July-December 2015.

    Literature
    The Windsor Magazine, An Illustrated Monthly for Men and Women, vol. XX, London, June-November 1904, illustrated on the frontispiece.
    James Allen Scott, Where Will You Travel Next? Destinations in Paintings, 2011, p. 161, illustrated.

    When Footsteps was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1901, young Isaac Snowman had already achieved a great measure of early fame. A year-long study in Paris in the ateliers of William Bouguereau and Benjamin Constant culminated with one of his works being accepted at the 1897 Salon, after which he returned to London to complete his studies at the Royal Academy school. The young artist made a name for himself by painting society portraits and genre paintings that were well received by the public.

    That same year, Snowman and friends embarked on a trip to Jerusalem that spurned the artist to create a series of paintings with Jewish subjects. Furthermore, he joined the cause of his fellow Jewish compatriots by being a founding member of the group of the Maccabaens, who sought to promote the interests of Jews and the Zionist movement.

    Around the turn of the century, Snowman's most popular paintings were of young mothers and their children, all dressed in the most fashionable outfits. In an article for The Windsor Magazine, Snowman admits to finding his sitters in the wealthy neighborhood of West Hampstead, near his studio, where local schools supplied him with an endless stream of mothers and children. The parents's vanity is evident, as the artist's requests to paint them were never met with objections (op. cit.).

    In Footsteps, an elegantly dressed young woman is peering over her shoulder towards the approaching footsteps that visibly interrupt her reading of the letter she is holding in her hand. The comfortable setting in the sun-dappled garden with a beautifully appointed tea table under a large tree acts as an invitation to the viewer to actively engage in the unfolding scene.
Activities
Auction information

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armour, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $150,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $150,001 to $3,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $3,000,001 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Lot symbols
W Shipping & handling restrictions apply

Lots denoted with a "W" that are not picked up immediately following the auction may be removed to an offsite storage location for collection. Please contact the salesroom location for further details including dates of removal and applicable charges.

Contacts
  1. Mark Fisher
    Specialist - 19th Century Paintings
    Bonhams
    Work
    7601 W. Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, United States 90046
    Work +1 323 436 5488
    FaxFax: +1 323 850 5843
  2. Madalina Lazen
    Specialist - 19th Century Paintings
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 212 644 9108
    FaxFax: +1 212 644 9007
Similar Items