Lot 283
Francis Speight (NC/PA, 1896-1989), Houses on a Hill
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Oil over tempera on canvas (lined), signed at lower right, presented in a period frame.

SS 21.25 x 29.25 in.; DOA 28 x 35.75 in.

Pennsylvania Art Conservatory, Berwyn, PA

Philadelphia Artists Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, June 4-16, 1946.
Twentieth Century American Painting and Sculpture from Philadelphia Private Collections, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, October 25-November 30, 1958.

A hand-written label affixed to the verso indicates this was painted "about 1942" and depicts "Dexter Street near Schurs Lane."

Born in Bertie County, North Carolina in 1896, Francis Speight began his art studies at Meredith College in Raleigh. Following his lessons there, he then moved on to the Corcoran in Washington, D.C. where he viewed an exhibition of Daniel Garber's work and was inspired to enroll at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art where Garber was an instructor. Speight attended PAFA from 1920-1925. He then served as an instructor at the academy until 1961, when he moved back to eastern North Carolina.

Cleaned; stable craquelure; minor scattered re-touch, primarily in sky.

$10,000 - 15,000