DuMouchelles December 18th Auction Features “October Sunshine” in Old Lyme, Connecticut
DETROIT (Dec. 4, 2020) – DuMouchelles Friday, December 18 auction features a fresh to market period
oil on canvas by American Impressionist, Everett Longley Warner (American 1877-1963) “October
Sunshine”, depicting a sunny fall day with a woman and two children at the door of the Noyes-Beckwith
House in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
This work was painted between 1910-1912, when the house was owned by the Beckwith family, and
when Warner was associated with the Old Lyme Art Colony along with American Impressionists such as
Childe Hassam, Robert and Bessie Potter Vonnoh, and its founder, Henry Ward Ranger. The NoyesBeckwith House was one of the oldest homes in Old Lyme (Old Lyme historic building 55) and its attic
bedrooms were used to hide fugitive slaves as part of the “Underground Railroad”. It was built by Moses
Noyes II between 1700 and 1712 on the corner of Beckwith Lane and Old Lyme Street and was moved in
- In the 1870s the home was owned by Morrison Remick Waite, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme
Court. One of his frequent summer visitors was President Rutherford Hayes. The original location of the
Noyes-Beckwith House is where art patron and supporter of the Old Lyme Art Colony, Florence
Griswold, built her home and is now the Florence Griswold Museum.
In 1914, the painting was purchased from the artist by William Milner, President of Milner and Co.,
Toledo, OH and later President of Crowley & Milner, Detroit, MI. Milner gifted the painting to Joseph
Crowley, Vice President, Crowley & Milner and the painting has been in the Crowley family since.
According to the artist’s son, Thomas Warner, this painting was part of the Everett Warner exhibition
that traveled across the United States in 1914. This work was in the exhibition when it came to Toledo,
Ohio where ten Old Lyme paintings were exhibited at the Toledo Museum of Art from May 15 – June 15,
1914, “October Sunshine” was not included in the exhibition listing at the show’s next stop in Utica, NY –
thus, confirming its sale in Toledo. The verso has the original Warner exhibition label and is signed on
the lower left “Everett Warner”. The painting (H 39″ W 31″) is in untouched condition with the original
varnish. There is no damage, repair, or restoration.
“This is an exceptional painting and we have been unable to reference a comparable Warner in
untouched condition with such a clean provenance. It’s truly an extraordinary and beautiful painting and
we would like to thank the Crowley Family, Thomas Warner, Tammy Noyes, Amy Kurtz Lansing, Curator,
Florence Griswold Museum, and Lizette Pelletier of the CT State Library for their invaluable
contributions to the provenance, authentication, and identification, of this work.”, said Joan D. Walker,
DuMouchelles Thursday, December 17 and Friday, December 18 auctions also feature a unique and
extensive collection from the Estate of Jack Faxon, Michigan Senator and creator of the Michigan
Council for the Arts, fine and decorative art from a Carlisle, MA private collector, among others. View at
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