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SLR in black ink: Andrew Wyeth;
Octagonal stone schoolhouse on the road from Wyeth’s farm at Chadds Ford to Koerner’s farm, later used as a place of worship by a preacher known as Mother Archie . Building was a ruin in 1945 and by 1976 longer existed (see letter to John D. Rockefeller 3rd from E.P. Richardson of 28 March 1976, discussing also the related tempera painting in the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, MA, and mentioning letter from Nicholas Wyeth . [See additional notes in file re the fruitless search for letter from Nicholas Wyeth.];
Provenance:(from Sotheby auction catalogue in Rockefeller files, excerpt now in AFGA):
Mrs. Josiah Marvel,Greenville, Delaware, to 1959;[ M. Knoedler & Co. Inc., New York 1959]; W.B. Connor Foundation (c/o W.B. Connor Engineeering), Danbury CT, from 1959; The City College Fund, New York by 1971; [ auction sale Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., 24 May 1972, no. 204, repr. as Schoolhouse]; Dr. John J. McDonough , Youngstown, Ohio 1972-1978 ; [ auction sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, March 22, 1978, no. 59, repr.); Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd 1978-1979;
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd
New Orleans Museum of Art: A Panorama of American Painting:The John J. McDonough Collection, 1975, no. 60, p. 114, pl. 56 illus. ( this information came partly from the auction entry);
FAMSF, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum: The Rockefeller Collection of American Art at The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 25 June - 13 Nov 1994, exh. cat. by Marc Simpson and Patricia Junker, cat. no. 136, p.303, repr. p. 303; CPLH, Selected Acquisitions, 1977-1979, Dec 3, 1979 - Feb 10, 1980.
CPLH, American Interiuors, 10 Sept 1983 - 1 Jan 1984.
de Young, Novelty and Nostalgia: American Drawings from the Rockefeller Collection, -23 April 2006.
austere interior of a small church (meeting house) with cracked white walls and a large chandelier several african-american heads of the congregation in the foreground, Genre, Religious, Architecture