Fern Isabel Kuns Coppedge (1883-1951) Oil Painting, titled "The Frozen Canal". Original Newcomb Macklin Frame. Provenance: Private collection in Lancaster, California, previously acquired by The Witte Memorial Museum. Canvas approx. 30 in x 25 in. Frame approx. 37.5 in x 32.5 in.

  • Excellent condition. No signs of restoration under black light.

    Hughes Auctions is thrilled to present for auction The Frozen Canal, circa 1924, by Fern Isabel Coppedge (1883-1951). Privately owned since 1937 and in storage since the 1970s, it would be impossible to overstate our excitement about bringing this spectacular oil painting back into Coppedge’s repertoire.

    An evocative winter landscape, The Frozen Canal was exhibited widely from 1924 to 1929, a period of Coppedge’s career filled with accolades and wide recognition. The painting received a warm response from critics beginning in 1925.

    As documented on the back of the original Newcomb-Macklin frame with exhibition labels, The Palm Beach Rotary of Mrs. Cartwright (label on verso) as well as the Texas Rotary (label on verso) exhibited the painting as part of the traveling exhibitions that the Philadelphia Ten used to widen their audience and reach collectors around the country. In 1928, The Frozen Canal was acquired by the newly formed Witte Memorial Museum in San Antonio, Texas. The museum continued to exhibit the painting through at least 1931, where it was credited as the lender in an exhibit at The Carlyle in New York City. At some point before 1937, the painting was deaccessioned by the museum and acquired by the Rutherford Family, who has owned it since then.

    The painting was purchased by the current estate in 1937 and given as a wedding gift to a family member. The newlywed couple displayed the painting in their home until the 1970s when the piece went into storage. The stunning painting was rediscovered in 2011 when the wife of the couple passed away.

    This is the first time this museum quality artwork has been offered for sale on the secondary market. Coppedge’s rich body of work is growing in stature and recent auction records reflect this resurgence of her work.

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